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WARNING for students: Graduation ticket resale ripoff

by Tori Martinez - Managing Editor
Tue, Apr 24th 2018 10:00 pm

In just over two weeks, students who have worked to earn their undergraduate bachelor’s degree at The College at Brockport will walk across the stage and receive their diploma — or a certificate, as their actual diploma will be mailed to them — while their friends and family watch the commencement ceremony from the crowd. 

For some students, they are continuing their family’s legacy, being one of many to graduate from college, while others may be the first in their families to even go to college, let alone earn a degree. Either way Saturday, May 12, will be a proud day for the thousands of families that will watch the student they love finally reap the rewards of long nights and last-minute papers.

Due to the amount of people the SERC can hold, each graduating student is allotted four tickets to be given to whomever they invite, which can be claimed online at brockportcommencement.universitytickets.com, and are available until May 6. All others who wish to watch the ceremony can see it projected in the Jim and John Vlogianitis Gym in the Tuttle Athletic Complex.

 

 

 

Students may claim up to four tickets and request up to three extras. Chief Communications Officer of the college David Mihalyov says extra tickets are collected from students who do not claim them by Sunday, May 6, and will be distributed on Tuesday, May 8, by email. Students are chosen by a random drawing and have 24 hours to claim the tickets before they are offered to someone else on the waitlist. 

Tickets to the commencement ceremony are always free of charge. Since the college knows that some students will need more than four tickets and others will need less, the random system is the easiest way for students to give tickets away or receive more for the ceremony. It does not guarantee that more tickets will be available or who will get them.

Every year, students offer to sell their tickets, despite having gotten them for free, and this year was no different.

On Tuesday, April 17, the college posted on a class Facebook page to say that it does not condone the sale of tickets, although Mihalyov said in an email that the college does not “actively try to prevent students from selling tickets other than offer them a way to turn in those that are unneeded.”

“During this exciting time we would like to remind you the resale of Commencement tickets is not a practice supported by the institution,” the post read. “The Commencement Committee is happy to assist with the exchange of tickets not needed by individual students. There is no monetary value associated with these tickets and they are not intended for sale. For any additional questions, feel free to message the college directly.”

A few of the posts made by students offering to sell their tickets, including one that started “the bidding at $30” and got an offer of $45, were taken down. Other students have posted to the page to offer extra tickets or ask for more.

Students should not accept the extra tickets they do not need. Mihalyov says that by trying to sell tickets, students are keeping those from going into the extra ticket pool, leaving less to be distributed later. 

Students are reminded that people who do not have tickets to the ceremony can still come to Brockport and watch it in Tuttle or watch it streamed online on the college’s website from anywhere in the world.