Graduation has been moved to May for the 2019-2020 academic year, according to the newly approved calendar for the school. The calendar, which was approved by faculty on October 5, also includes changes such as the removal of Reading Day.
The new May 23 graduation date allows seniors to graduate two days after final exams.
This change has been a positive for students like junior Michael Crisantos since previously seniors would have to wait a week after finals to graduate.
“I prefer to graduate right after finals. I don’t really see the point in that waiting time unless you want to just spend time with your friends,” said Crisantos. “I love college, and I’m going to miss it, but once I finish I want to be able to hold that degree that I worked so hard for.”
However, the removal of Reading Day, which provides students with a day off to study for their finals, has left students upset with the new change in the upcoming school year.
“How will I ever be prepared now?” lamented sophomore Gabrielle Frank. “Now I won’t have a day to study or meditate before the stress of finals.”
Other changes on the calendar include a Thanksgiving recess from November 28 to December 1. The last day of classes for the fall 2019 semester will be December 6, with finals starting on December 7.