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Minnesota Students Can Walk at Graduation After All

February 3, 2023

Spring 2023 graduates of the University of Minnesota will be able to walk across the stage after previously being told they wouldn’t be able to, CBS News reported. The university’s usual graduation venue, 3M Arena at Mariucci, is currently under construction, and students can’t walk across the stage at the Huntington Bank Stadium, where a combined ceremony is being held outdoors instead.

But after a student petition asking administrators to let students walk received nearly 9,000 signatures, the institution announced in an email that it would allow graduates to register for a time slot to walk across the stage at one of several designated locations on campus. The email also stated that the university’s different colleges would hold their own celebrations.

However, not all students found the solution satisfactory.

“Still kind of takes away from the fact that we don’t get to walk across the stage that day, we get a time slot, it’s kind of like the pandemic all over again,” one senior told CBS.

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