USF says students not allowed to take 'selfies' on stage during graduation

Email sent out on 'graduation etiquette'

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TAMPA, Fla. - Students at the University of South Florida, who are graduating and intending to walk, have been warned not to take "selfies" while crossing the stage.

Most students closing in on graduation are not thinking about what they should not be doing while they are walking across the stage getting ready to shake the school president's hand. However, USF is taking the issue to the students.

"Dear Prospective Graduate,

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation from the University of South Florida! The Commencement Ceremony at the University of South Florida is an important highlight of your academic career. This event will honor your accomplishments as well as those of fellow student colleagues. If you plan to participate in Commencement exercises, please click on the following link Graduation Etiquette to read an important message from the Dean of Students.

Best wishes in your future endeavors! Go Bulls," an email sent to prospective graduates said.

The link showed students a flier that informed them of the activities that they refrain from doing, including:

  • Selfies
  • Stepping
  • Strolling
  • Marching

USF is not the only college in America joining in on banning selfies at graduation. Bryant University of Rhode Island has also banned graduating seniors from taking selfies while at graduation, according to USA TODAY.

UCF, Florida Gulf Coast, Valencia, Stetson and Rollins stated that each of the respective institutions have not provided graduating students with any etiquette guidelines.

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