BLOG | Let us see Pelosi!

March 23, 2010

It was a big victory for many Americans when health care reform passed this past Sunday. For me, I can’t help but feel even more excited about attending the 122nd Commencement with Nancy Pelosi as our speaker on Saturday, May 15. I really hope she brings her giant gavel to show us. It would be really awesome if she swung it above her head, too.

I’m not graduating, but as the Online Editor, I’ll be livestreaming her speech for the rest of Mills College and anyone else interested to see. I am disappointed, however, that many of my classmates will not be able to attend the live event.

Non-graduating students are required to move out of their residence halls the day BEFORE Commencement on Friday, May 14. Already many of my classmates are booking their flights back home and are missing this great opportunity to see Pelosi, who was called “the most powerful Speaker of the House in the last 100 years” during an interview with Diane Sawyer.

Commencement is “herstory” in the making. For such an important guest, why hasn’t the College pushed the moving date to the day after graduation? Even if Pelosi is not their speaker, why can’t non-graduating students see their friends and classmates receive their diploma?

What do you readers think about all this? Give us your honest opinions and comments.

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  • Lola Olson

    Awesome! So glad to hear you will be live streaming this Melodie! I hope I can watch! :)

  • Kayla Isaacs

    I completely agree with your points. I guess it is standard at most university graduations to only provide tickets to graduates, their families, and other “distinguished guests”, but as a first year it feels very isolating to be not be welcomed at such events. It does not make me feel like a welcome part of the community – not to mention the fact that I’ll be missing what will be a wonderful speech by Nancy Pelosi.

    On an additional note, I also resent being kicked out of the dorms so quickly after exam week. I am fortunate in that my final exam is on a Tuesday, so I have all of Wednesday to devote to packing and recuperating from such a stressful week, but for those who have Wednesdays exams, especially Wednesday afternoon exams, it’s quite unfair. Having an extra day or two to spend at Mills after the stresses of the semester might also strengthen my connections with Mills and my classmates, with whom my interactions are ordinarily scheduled around my demanding academic schedule.

    Thank you for the live streaming, and I’m sure Pelosi’s speech will make this an even more momentous and inspiring occasion for our graduates.

  • Campanil Staff

    Hi Kayla, this is Melodie, author of this blog. Thank you for responding to our various articles, we always appreciate student comments! From one professor’s experience, I’ve learned it hasn’t always been that way and that continuing students’ move out date was once after graduation. I agree that it is very unfair for fellow classmates, especially this year’s considering the event not only has guest speaker Pelosi but also commemorates the 20th Strike Anniversary.

    However, I did receive some different insights as to why this is so since writing the blog. I think because the event is so huge, there are issues such as parking that need to be considered and administration most likely viewed it best not to have too many people on campus. It doesn’t excuse shunning students from the event but their concerns are still valid.

    I’m also no longer in charge of livestreaming because Mills College’s AV team has taken the responsibility and both parties agreed on broadcasting the event with better quality. We are using their line to promote the live webcast on our link here for those who are unable to be there. So please come back on Saturday, May 15 at 9:45 am to watch the Commencement online!