No keynote speaker for commencement
Students will be a larger focus of this year's ceremony
This year's graduation commencement will not feature a keynote speaker, and the ceremony will focus more on the graduating students than in past years, administrative officials say.
UA President Peter Likins said the change is an experiment to make the commencement more interesting for the graduates and their families.
Patti Ota, senior associate to the president, said administrative officials tracked the length of commencement ceremonies over 10 years and found that ceremonies sometimes lasted up to three hours and also lost focus on the students who were graduating.
Ray Quintero, president of Associated Students of University of Arizona said he, Likins and Ota met at the end of last semester and examined the study.
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Marketing and business sophomore Bryan Myers, right, fills out a raffle application as marketing senior Jenny Hauser, left, helps other students yesterday in front of Old Main. The raffle is being run by students in Marketing 452 in conjunction with Watson Chevrolet and the Little League's Challenger Division charity. The winners of the raffle will receive prizes like gift certificates and baseballs autographed by Major League players.