Students react to banning selfies at graduations

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – You can still toss your cap and turn your tassel, but at least two universities are asking students not to snap a selfie. 22News found out what local students have to say.

Snapping a selfie doesn’t take too long, but when hundreds or even thousands of fellow graduates are waiting on you, and may have the same idea, could it create a problem? Both the University of South Florida and Bryant University in Rhode Island say yes.

Some say that selfies are a form of free speech, as a way of expressing themselves via Snapchat, Facebook or Instagram.

Selfies are growing in popularity. One snapped by Ellen DeGeneres at the Oscars became the most retweeted item in history.

Darienne Madlala, a student at Amherst College, told 22News, “Taking selfies during such an important ceremony like your graduation is just tacky. I did not do that. Most graduations have professional photographers; you don’t have to worry about getting that shot. You will get a shot even better than your selfie and I think it distracts from the whole thing.”

The colleges say they’re not trying to send any societal messages about over sharing… they just don’t want their long ceremony to drag on even longer.

Others say that trying to ban selfies will just make people want to take one even more.

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