Some U of A Students Complain About Grad Ceremony

May 20, 2014

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Some University of Arizona graduates are complaining about overcrowding, long waits and lack of water at the school's 150th Commencement Ceremony.

Grads were told to arrive at Arizona Stadium at 5:30 p.m. Saturday for the ceremony that began two hours later and had to wait in an outdoor holding area under the football facility in 99-degree heat.

Some students told The Arizona Daily Star they were crammed into a small place and felt like cattle.

They also say water was unavailable after drinking cups ran out.

A university spokeswoman says about 4,000 graduates RSVP'd for the event. That's about 1,000 more students than RSVP'd for last year's ceremony.

Some grads say after the field seats were filled, students were told to sit in the stadium behind a video screen.