Though John Jay boasted over 3000 graduates this year, from ages 19 to 71, not all of them were there.
Imagine how long it would have taken.
Senator Charles Schumer was announced by John Jay’s President, Jeremy Travis, as the surprise guest. Much to the delight of the rumbustious crowd of graduates, Schumer improvised by ripping his speech and speaking off the top of his head.
What was more delightful for the students though, was the fact that they got to take their walks on the stage while getting their name called.
It was this year’s graduation that may have not permitted graduates to get their name called but students fought and regained that priveledge.
Daniel W.( who chose to only give the first letter of his last name) earned his Masters in Public Administration in two years, though it could have taken one. Though he didn’t have a preference of getting his name called or not, he still thinks students should do the “march”.
Isaiah Roman, an undergraduate with a degree in Criminal Justice was much more exuberant on this day.
“It was a long day to get here…it took me 7 years, had our ups and downs.”
He was relieved to be able go across the stage in his wheelchair and get his name called . To not have your name called on graduation wouldn’t be right he said. “Thank God for those who fought. We earned this moment.”
Roman congratulated the class of 2013 but also had a message for future graduates who might also have to face the same problem of not getting their names called at commencement. “Just keep fighting like the way we did.”