Say no to 9.30am graduation! We worked too hard
I noticed the days have been posted for the graduation week.
After discussing with some of my cohort, it has bee bought to our attention that the CASS School of Education for undergraduates is scheduled for 9.30am on Wednesday 18th November, with the post graduates receiving the better time of the later schedule at 2.30pm.
I would like to raise this with yourselves and ask you to reconsider/re-schedule the times .. and put the undergraduates later.
Firstly, this is the first time all undergraduate students will be able to attend such an event and to all of us graduating, this is indeed a big honour for us. Postgraduates students have already had the opportunity to experience such an event, whereas us undergraduate students have not.
Secondly, if you look at the demographic of the cohort of students in the CASS School of Education, the majority of students are single parents. With this comes a lot of issues that will arise if we are expected to turn up for a 9.30am start. Students are travelling in from all areas of London and beyond. Students have children and have to consider the school run, negotiate rush hour travel into Greenwich and many other factors which I could expand upon.
Thirdly, if you are recommending that students turn up early for photographs and to avoid queues .. this would suggest to me it is indicated we turn up about 8am ! Again, this brings us back to the issues of children, family, travel, etc .. surely this is not a reasonable thing to consider for students who want to enjoy the whole experience with their friends and families if you are expecting them to turn up at such an unsociable hour..
I really feel you have not considered the cohort and needs of the students with this and am not only voicing the concern of myself but on behalf of the majority of students in the Early Childhood Studies programme, many of which I can guarantee will voice their opinions on this also if necessary.. This might be the only time students get to experience such an event in their lifetime and I feel you are not allowing this to be the full experience it could be if you arrannge it at such a time.