Following complaints from the Student Government Association on the Eastern Campus campus, changes are coming to Suffolk County Community College’s commencement celebration this year. The complaints centered on the number of tickets given and transportation to and from the event.
In response, the college will most notably host two commencement ceremonies on May 23. Commencement exercises will take place at 10 a.m. and alternately at 4 p.m., according to a notice sent to the campus community.
The ceremonies will take place in the Field House of the Health, Sports and Education Center, which is located on the Grant campus in Brentwood.
To address the issue of transportation to the campus, SCCC is providing yellow buses that students and family may reserve seats on for a fee to take to and from the Eastern or Ammerman campuses.
With the addition of another commencement, students will be able to receive up to four tickets, as opposed to the two they could receive in previous years. The ticketing system has adjusted to the new circumstances and students may be able to select their preferred time slot, according to the school’s website.
Graduating students must select the ceremony that they would prefer to attend. In the event one of the ceremonies reaches full capacity, graduates will be directed to RSVP for the alternate ceremony time.
The tickets, which graduations can reserve online, are on a first-come, first-serve basis, so if one time slot runs out, students will be required to sign up for the other.
SGA’s complaints were one of the main reasons for the changes to graduation, and they’ve continued to be an integral part of the process to create a smooth transition, according to Lisa Hamilton, the director of campus activities on the Grant campus.
“The SGA has been actively involved and has representatives in the Commencement Committee,” she said.