[Parentsgroup-list] small kids at graduation

Wright, Friederike D Mrs DoD Ben friederike.wright at us.army.mil
Wed May 27 22:09:12 EDT 2009


I am so glad you are asking that question because I was just wondering about that TODAY! I probably would have posted a similar message tomorrow. Excited to learn the answer!



----- Original Message -----
From: Ayfer Karakaya Stump <stump at fas.harvard.edu>
Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 11:46
Subject: Re: [Parentsgroup-list] small kids at graduation
To: stump at fas.harvard.edu
Cc: parentsgroup-list-bounces at lists.hcs.harvard.edu, Parentsgroup-list at lists.hcs.harvard.edu


> 
> Dear All,
> 
> I have a follow-up question regarding small kids at graduation.
> 
> Does anyone know if we have to inform anyone ahead of time that we 
> will 
> the accompanied by our child at graduation so that they can have a 
> "baby 
> diploma" ready for him/her? Or do we just show up with our child 
> without 
> any prior warning of any sort?
> 
> Thanks in advance for any info,
> 
> Ayfer Karakaya-Stump
> 
> 
> rose at fas.harvard.edu wrote:
> > 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
> > Sender: parentsgroup-list-bounces at lists.hcs.harvard.edu
> > To: Parentsgroup-list at lists.hcs.harvard.edu
> > 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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