Some California State University Long Beach students upset over 2022 graduation at Angel Stadium

LONG BEACH, Calif. (KABC) – 2022 is the second year in a row that California State University Long Beach’s student graduation will be held at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.

Some Class of 2022 students say that’s not what they want.

“My two best friends went to Cal State Fullerton instead. With their recent announcement with their debut, they’ll be marching and having their names announced on their campus, but I won’t get the chance to do that in Long Beach” said Sarah Morales, a CSULB senior.

The students created a online petition saying they want to walk through a stage at the ceremony, have each graduate’s name announced, and get six to ten tickets per graduate.

Students sent ABC7 screenshots from school Getting Started FAQ Page. It is said that due to limited time, graduates will not physically take the stage.

Another screenshot indicates that due to limited time, names will not be announced at the ceremony.

When we checked the FAQ page to find this information, it was no longer there.

“One of the things I didn’t expect to be completely left out was for our names to be read aloud and for us to take the stage, which we’ve been waiting for years, to earn this recognition. , to finally have our names read aloud, not just for ourselves, some of us are doing it for our families,” said Gerardo Casillas, a CSULB senior.

The site says students can have their names read aloud during smaller graduation recognition steps in the stadium parking lot.

When we asked the school to comment on student concerns, we were directed to the opening’s website.

We also followed up with the school, asking about student screenshots. Officials said the website would be updated continuously throughout the spring.

“I’m the last of my sisters to graduate, so this is the last ceremony my parents are going to attend and I don’t want it to be in a parking lot,” said Xiomara Santos, a senior at CSULB.

Graduate ticket information is not yet available.

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