For graduating seniors at Cal State Northridge, the first day of the rest of their lives will start a little later.
Responding to complaints from students and parents, the university said it will change the start of spring graduation ceremonies on May 26 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
School administrators had announced the 7 a.m. start time last month, hoping the early hour would avoid hot temperatures and be symbolic of a new beginning for graduates.
“We had thought that the students would be excited about it,” university spokeswoman Ann Salisbury said. “That didn’t happen. . . . You have to listen to what the students want.”
Many of the 4,650 graduating students and their parents complained to university officials that they would have to wake before dawn to attend the ceremony at the Hollywood Bowl.