- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 24, 2014

The University of South Florida has sent out a warning to graduating seniors: No selfie shots onstage during commencement ceremonies.

“We want students to think about the dignity of the ceremony,” USF assistant vice president Michael Freeman told the Tampa Bay Times. “It’s supposed to be exciting, but it’s a serious academic ceremony.”

The USF Division of Student Affairs warned students not to snap photos of themselves while onstage and that violators could face the “withholding” of their degree, the Times reported.

“We respectfully request that you refrain from inappropriate behaviors when you are on stage approaching President Judy Genshaft and other dignitaries, including: stepping, marching, strolling and selfies,” said a statement from student affairs. “A simple handshake is preferred.”

The graduation ceremony is set for May 2, during which the university will hand out 6,431 degrees.

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