UF Attempts to Crack Down on Graduation Selfies
Published April 24th, 2014
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- You can add the University of Florida to the ever-growing list of colleges and universities that are trying to stop students from taking selfies at graduation.
UF officials announced this week that they would be posting signs on either side of the main graduation stage asking students to turn off their cell phones before walking to accept their degrees.
While the decision doesn't explicitly ban selfies, University officials say it was one of driving forces behind the move. They say the new rule should also keep the ceremonies moving at a decent pace.
UF students graduating this semester seem divided over whether the new rule is a good idea.
"I don't think it would be very professional for students to walk across the stage and be taking selfies," said UF senior Rebecca Rhodes, who supports the new cell phone ban.
Fellow senior Weslee Aristor disagrees. "As long as people are walking across the stage, and they're not stopping or taking group pictures, then I understand the issue. But I haven't seen that in the graduations that I've seen thus far," Aristor says.
Earlier in the week, two other universities -- USF in Tampa and Bryant University in Rhode Island -- both announced they would also be banning cellphones on stage.
UF officials say there will not be any penalties for graduates who break this new rule.
The first commencement will take place on Friday.
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