Administration Eliminates a Long-led Tradition without Students' Input

Byline: by Soyoung An

Posted: March 28, 2012

Students will have only two days before commencement to prepare for the traditional Daisy Chain and Senior Bash, since campus administrators pushed the academic calendar back by a week for 2012-13 semester.

These events begin after final exams. According to student representatives problem is that the change was not discussed between students and administration. At present most of the campus community is still unaware of this change.

Saying good-bye to a Wilson family

Vice President of Class of 2013, Hannah DeMoss says, "This week serves as a last ‘hoorah’ for the senior class to bond, not only with each other, but with the Wilson family they are leaving behind." Some students consider Senior Week to be a meaningful, long-held tradition at Wilson.

Students did not receive any information from the school about the revised calendar in advance of the decision.

DeMoss says, "We were surprised because we were never officially notified other than through the academic calendar."  

After the spring semester started, 2013 class students noticed the changes and tried to talk with administration.

The Registrar’s Office and Student Development declined to comment on the issue.

Preparing for Commencement events takes time

However, one of the students that participated in last year’s commencement explained that they spent almost a week preparing not only daisy chain, decorations, food but also the Senior Bash.

"We are currently in the process of communicating with certain members of administration, but the initial decision, to the best of our knowledge, was not made with student input, DeMoss says.

Wilson College Government Association (WCGA) President, Leslie Hoover ‘13, comments "With the possible change of Senior Week, there are also possible changes to commencement day itself. No official announcements have been made, even I’m unaware of all the possible changes that may be made to future Senior Weeks and commencements."

Last Updated: February 23, 2013

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