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Friday, November 20, 1998
Houston, Texas
Volume 64, Issue 64

Students Approve Rec Center

About the Cougar

CBA will honor Summer, Fall '98 grads with additional ceremony

By Naquanna Driver
Daily Cougar Staff

The College of Business Administration's Fall 1998 graduates are about to go where no other CBA Fall graduates have gone before -- to their own graduation.

CBA is holding its first December graduation ceremony Friday, Dec. 18 at 10 a.m. in the Cullen Performance Hall. The ceremony will recognize CBA's December graduates, along with its Summer '98 graduates who did not attend the spring ceremony.

"It's important to the students who've spent their years here, and to the families," said Interim CBA Dean Keith Cox. "We want to support that."

Rachel Seff, director of the CBA's Rockwell Career Services Center, said the December commencement is needed so the graduates will not have to wait until May for the ceremony. 

"There's been a lot of student feedback, and students don't think it's fair that they have to wait," Seff said. 

"(By May), you're not excited anymore, and you're already working by that time. The anticipation has worn off."

According to Seff, approximately 850 undergraduate students and 275 MBA students graduate from the college every year.

Although CBA has added the fall ceremony to the schedule, it will continue to hold its spring ceremonies.

Cox said the only difference between the two ceremonies is that the fall ceremony will not include speeches or faculty awards. This ceremony will focus strictly on the students.

Senior management major Michelle Maddin said she feels it is important that December graduates receive recognition at the time of their graduation. 

"Students should be recognized for their accomplishments when they've made them and (should) not have to wait until the end of the Spring semester," Maddin said.

Cox, whose term as interim dean will end after a permanent CBA dean is found, said he hopes the new dean will continue what has been started. "I will recommend (the fall ceremony), and I hope we continue this," he said. "I felt that whatever the cost was, (it was) worth it to the students."

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