UT Dallas students upset their graduation ceremony was iced

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by BRETT SHIPP

WFAA

Posted on December 6, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 6 at 7:49 PM

RICHARDSON — The cold and ice has also created massive logistical problems for many North Texans.

At the University of Texas at Dallas, hundreds of graduates were scheduled to cross the stage to receive diplomas this weekend. The cancellation of that ceremony is creating quite an uproar on campus and the Internet.

Like most schools and business across North Texas on Friday, the streets and sidewalks at UTD were coated in ice, making getting around campus dangerous. That's why President David Daniels took to Facebook let students know about class cancellations and the cancellation of graduation ceremonies set for this weekend.

He waited until Friday, hoping to escape what he called a "worst-case scenario."

He could not.

"We know that many people traveled from great distances to be here for commencement," Daniels said in a written statement. "It is with deep regret that we made this decision. We are offering our graduates the opportunity to celebrate by walking the stage at our Spring 2014 commencement ceremonies."

Angry students wasted no time .

"This solution blatantly ignores international students and others who have flown in families and have spent thousands of dollars in doing so,” said Zeeshan Syed.

"I agree it should be scheduled as soon as possible," graduating senior Adeela Waqus added. "I've been waiting for this day for so long. Graduating with honors was a dream come true, and I want that moment to be special."

Carter Nash of Canada is also disappointed he will not cross the stage this weekend.

"I would be the first person in my family to graduate college, so that would have been kind of cool," he said. "It was a pretty big deal for my parents and grandparents."

He's also disappointed bad weather is keeping him from seeing his favorite uncle, former Dallas Mavericks player Steve Nash, whose flight to Dallas was canceled.

"Uncle Steve was going to be there," Carter Nash said. "As it turns out, the weather declined that, too. He was going to fly out here, but he can't any more."

University officials say they will explore the possibility of holding a smaller graduation ceremony next month.

E-mail bshipp@wfaa.com

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