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Local News in Brief : Graduating Seniors Can Sleep Bit Longer

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.”

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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.


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