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11 May 2018

Weather-shortened Graduation Ceremony Creates a Storm of Criticism at GSU

Georgia State University faced a barrage of complaints online after ending the spring 2018 graduation ceremonies early due to the weather.

Many graduates expressed displeasure on Twitter to their alma mater, with some demanding the commencement exercises be re-scheduled.

Journalism major Shaina McLawrence angrily wrote, "I worked hard for four years and did not get to walk! The student body demands apologies, and all graduation regalia and fees refunded immediately."

Hannah Washington, a public relations major, said the school's decision to cancel the ceremony without a rain date smacked of bad PR.

"I'm still trying to process the shitshow that was #GSU18... as a Public Relations Major... wow," Washington tweeted. "I can’t believe they thought this would fly."

Georgia State University apologized, saying that the threat of lightning forced them to make a call.

"We are extremely sorry to have shortened tonight's commencement. Our primary concern was the safety of our graduates and their loved ones, given the threat of severe weather and lightning," the university's statement on Twitter read. "We are deeply disappointed impending bad weather did not allow us to conduct the usual ceremony and individually recognize our outstanding graduates. Congratulations Class of 2018!"

Still, graduates like Kia Carson are demanding graduation be rescheduled.

Carson posted a link to an online petition that quickly piled up more than 200 signatures.

There's no word yet if the spring 2018 GSU graduation ceremony will be rescheduled.