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Keep Roosevelt University's 2015 Graduation at the Auditorium Theater

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UPDATE:Attention Roosevelt Students: For those of you who have been following the NFL Draft/Commencement conflict, I had a very positive meeting this morning with President Middleton and there will be an announcement made later today. I don't know how many details will be included in the announcement but he seemed committed to keeping commencement at the Auditorium Theatre and determined to make sure proper accommodations (including housing and CTA) are made for those students who may need to to say on campus longer if graduation is pushed a week back.

Roosevelt University is hosting the NFL Draft. While one can appreciate Roosevelt's excitement about the NFL draft being held at the University, it is wrong for the University to put another group of people ahead of its students. The class of 2015 graduation date is set for the same weekend of the draft (Graduation= May 1st, Draft= April 30th- May 2nd). Graduation was planned further in advance than the draft, which means the class of 2015 may not get to have graduation in the iconic Auditorium Theater like many classes before us. Additionally, Columbia College will have their graduation ceremony at Roosevelt University's Auditorium Theater on May 16th. If Columbia College students get to use our venue then so should Roosevelt University students. The lack of transparency is disappointing to say the least.

Roosevelt University needs to, at the very least, change the graduation date so that the 2015 seniors can still walk across this historic stage. Decisions must be made now so that families and students can plan accordingly.

The Auditorium Theater was opened in 1889. During WWII it was used serviceman's center- where more than 2.2 million servicemen were fed, housed, and entertained between 1941 and 1945. The building fell into disarray and was scheduled to be demolished when Roosevelt University purchased the building (some say for just $1) in 1946. Since then this great building and auditorium has been a quintessential part of Roosevelt University and almost every student imagines themselves one day walking across that historic stage.
Roosevelt University has not made any final decisions regarding 2015 graduation but it is time for our voices to be heard before anything becomes final. Please sign and share.

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