Here's your diploma and congratulatory wave

hand sanitizerThe no-shake graduation is spreading.

First, it was Sage -- and now RPI has succumbed.

From "A Message to Rensselaer Commencement Participants and Guests" by RPI VP William Walker:

In light of the continued national presence of the H1N1 influenza virus, we will adopt a slightly modified process as we distribute diplomas at the Rensselaer Commencement ceremony on May 16. In keeping with our tradition, graduates will be invited to the stage to receive their diplomas and be recognized for their achievements, but we will not engage in the customary handshakes that typically accompany the presentation of the diploma.

While recent reports on the status of the virus from the Centers for Disease Control are encouraging, we believe that the circumstances warrant an abundance of caution to protect the health of all who participate in the ceremony.

The message goes on to urge people who are feeling ill to not attend the ceremony.

Three schools in NYC were closed this week after another flare up of the emerging H1N1 flu.

(Thanks, D!)

Comments

I also heard that the staff was to report anyone who even joked about trying to shake hands on stage...it's like saying 'Hi, Jack' on an airplane.

hand sanitizer will also be 'on hand' at the grad picnic...

To the above: hand sanitizer was available at the grad picnic like you mentioned, however, in the end, everyone shook hands going across the stage.

that's true Andrew... Dr. Jackson shook my husband's hand when he crossed the stage...glad to hear it! congrats.

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