While increasing class sizes produced one of the highest waitlists for Residential Learning and University Housing, waitlists aren’t the only things that are changing in the Rowan expansion.
This year’s graduating class is 300 students larger than last year’s class, resulting in a venue change for commencement from Bunce Green to Richard Wackar Stadium, said University Vice President for Administration and Strategic Advancement Tobey Oxholm.
At Monday’s Student Government Association senate meeting, Oxholm told the senate that the movement to Wackar Stadium will allow 1,700 additional guests.
“We understand it’s not traditional and there are some concerns and angst,” Oxholm said.
The decision to move the commencement location is another result of Rowan’s expansion. President Ali Houshmand has said he would like to see Rowan’s enrollment increase to 25,000 students over the next decade.
Those graduating will receive only three tickets to the ceremony. Any unused tickets will be placed into a lottery where students may win up to three more additional tickets, Oxholm said.
Water will be provided for all graduates at commencement, but Oxholm said that they are working on providing water for the guests because of the expected warm weather.
Oxholm also stated that future graduations will no longer be held on Bunce Green due to the increasing class sizes.
SGA President Surbhi Pathak said that the decision is understandable given the circumstances.
“The student population has increased over the past years, and I would love to have it at the Bunce Green, but taken [into account] we’re becoming a higher-populated school, it makes sense to move it to somewhere bigger,” Pathak said. “Maybe when we stop growing, there will be a better spot on campus developed.”
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