Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Stanford's Decision To Allow Business School To Hold In-Person Graduation Is A 'Slap In The Face' Of Law Students

The Stanford Daily, Stanford Allows Exception for School of Business In-Person Graduation — Sparking Outrage From Students:

Stanford (2016)Stanford’s Graduate School of Business (GSB) is the only graduate school that will get to host its own official in-person graduation ceremony during commencement week after the University granted the school an exception — a decision that some students in other schools are calling a “slap in the face.”

The GSB’s June 7 event in Frost Amphitheater would not have been permitted under the University’s previously announced plans for commencement week, which provided for an in-person commencement for advanced degree holders at Stanford Stadium, but required all individual school and departmental ceremonies to take place virtually.

Provost Persis Drell granted an exception because the GSB had already made extensive plans for an in-person event, wrote Stanford Law School (SLS) associate dean Jory Steele in an email to graduating law students on May 14. ...

Several law and GSB students, who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of professional retribution, said they were shocked that the University would single out the GSB for special treatment, given the school’s track record during the pandemic. GSB MBA students have repeatedly disregarded Stanford’s Campus Compact and public health guidelines, participating in large gatherings both on and off campus.

“This does make me feel like they don’t value all graduate programs equally, and that is disappointing,” said a third-year law student. “It leaves a bitter taste in my mouth on the way out the door, and it’s a shame.”

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