[Parentsgroup-list] small kids at graduation

Alexander Van Zandt Akin akin at fas.harvard.edu
Tue Apr 21 21:14:43 EDT 2009

Thank you! Just to clarify, though, do the people in the children's room have to
have tickets for the theater? In other words, could my parents sit in the
theater (using up my two tickets) while my wife accompanies my daughter in the
basement waiting area?
  Best regards,
-Alexander Akin

Quoting rose at fas.harvard.edu:

> From the GSAS Dean Garth McCavana:
> Dear Susannah,
> I'm happy to answer the query.
> The policy is that we welcome the children of graduating students on
> stage at Sanders Theatre as their parents receive their degrees.
> Everyone seated in Sanders Theater, however, has to have a ticket. We
> used to be able to pack as many people as possible into the venue,
> but after the Rhode Island nightclub fire, we have been restricted to
> the number of people who can be seated in the theatre.
> What we do is that we have a children's room in the basement of
> Sanders where we have a simulcast. The GSAS staff who are there keep
> an eye on which departments are receiving their degrees and accompany
> the children (along with whichever adults are accompanying them) to
> the theatre. They then join their parent as the parent is lining up
> with his/her department and march across the stage with him/her. They
> do receive what we call "baby diplomas" that attest to their having
> attended their parent's commencement on X date.
> I hope that this helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions.
> Regards,
> Garth
> ------Original Message------
> From: Alexander Van Zandt Akin
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> Subject: [Parentsgroup-list] small kids at graduation
> Sent: Apr 20, 2009 10:29 AM
> Hello everyone-
>   I will be graduating in June and participating in commencement activities.
> I
> have seen people in previous years take their small kids up on the stage with
> them in Sanders Theater (the officiating committee even had little "diplomas"
> to hand to the children). For most of the time I was writing my dissertation
> I
> was a stay-at-home dad while my wife worked to support us, so my daughter was
> really an integral part of the process. I would love to take her up with me.
> I
> wonder if anyone on this list knows the logistics of how that works? Do you
> have your child with you the whole time, or does she need a ticket with the
> other members of the family? Does the school still smile upon this?
>    Thanks for any advice!
> -Alexander Akin
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