SFSU Graduation Ceremony’s High Cover Charge Draws Fire

Given the current economic climate, $85 per person is a steep entry price to any event, especially a graduation.

As the Chron reports, that’s how much a trip aboard the Hornblower is set to cost graduates of SFSU’s psychology department. Though the yacht has essentially been a six year tradition for the department, its cost of entry has risen heavily.

Last year, the still steep price of $55 was what it took to attend the three hour graduation ceremony, which is held, if you hadn’t picked up on it yet, on a yacht. This year’s $30 increase has outraged parents and students alike, prompting some student Lea Lunden to look into organizing a cheaper alternative.

That didn’t sit well with the department, however. The same day Lunden sent a petition to chairwoman Julia Lewis with over 100 signatures supporting her quest for a more affordable alternative, Lunden was asked to apologize for her actions, the Chron reports.

The department maintains that a majority of students were in favor of the costly ceremony, though only 50 students out of 300 within the psychology department were surveyed, with 20 of those willing to pay more than $75.

An essay contest is being held for low-income students from the department, in which the ten best will each win a pair of tickets to the May 24 ceremony.

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  • withak30

    I’m no statistician, but if you poll 50 people and 20 say they are in favor of the thing then shouldn’t the conclusion be that the majority are not in favor of the thing?

  • withak30

    I’m no statistician, but if you poll 50 people and 20 say they are in favor of the thing then shouldn’t the conclusion be that the majority are not in favor of the thing?

  • I think this is outrageous! My daughter has an Aunt and Grandmotger in wheelchairs and this makes another obstacle besides the cost. I don’t understand why this is so difficult. At UC Berkley we had a lovely lunch with champagne for our Graduates and it was free! This school needs to help the students and families celebrate the success so hard won and well deserved.

  • Lea Lunden

    Just wanted to say thanks for covering this story! I hope we are able to put together the alternative ceremony. Still waiting on a venue that can hold all 1800 people but we’re getting close! 🙂

  • I think this is outrageous! My daughter has an Aunt and Grandmotger in wheelchairs and this makes another obstacle besides the cost. I don’t understand why this is so difficult. At UC Berkley we had a lovely lunch with champagne for our Graduates and it was free! This school needs to help the students and families celebrate the success so hard won and well deserved.

  • Lea Lunden

    Just wanted to say thanks for covering this story! I hope we are able to put together the alternative ceremony. Still waiting on a venue that can hold all 1800 people but we’re getting close! 🙂

  • Furthermore, how can polling barely 17% of the class and having 4% approve become an overwhelming majority?!?!?

  • Furthermore, how can polling barely 17% of the class and having 4% approve become an overwhelming majority?!?!?