BC should offer certificate ceremony

Tracy Yvonne
November 30, 2005
Filed under Opinion

After attending BC since 1988, I am finally going to complete an area of study. Unfortunately, though, I will not get to walk across the stage for this accomplishment.

Only degrees are recognized at the graduation ceremony as “stage-worthy” endeavors. Many other students like me, who put time and effort into their educational goals, will be receiving their certificate in the mail.

No cap and gown for the firefighters, no trumpet blast for the ones who will assist doctors and lawyers, and no announcement of the names of people who will be vital parts of administrations.

What a shame. At first I tried to rationalize this situation. I thought: “OK. It’s like getting a typing certificate in high school but needing the diploma to actually graduate.” Then I thought, “Hey, wait a minute! One typing class is not equivalent to two or three semesters!”

Apparently, if someone wants the pleasure of pomp and circumstance, they have to take six more units in an area and all the general education to fulfill the graduation requirements. What about people who have been laid off and need to get back to work as soon as possible? What of those who are in the work force and can’t be in class at 9 a.m. because they work all day?

The community college system should have some form of recognition for completing a program, even if it is a certificate ceremony.

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