PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore has a policy that graduation will start on time at 9:45 a.m. Some proud parents and family members were not able to see their child or loved one walk across the stage during Friday's commencement ceremony.
"That one chance to see them walk across the stage you have to give it up because they decide not to open the door and not to let anybody in. A ticket should mean a seat. That's the bottom line," said Tyla Brown, who traveled from Baltimore to see her niece graduate.
The university said the Hytche Center can hold 5,400 students for commencement services and capacity was not the issue. Vice President of Administrative Affairs Ronnie Bolden said it was a time issue.
This was the largest class to graduate from UMES with 560 students. Some say the graduation needs to be held at a larger venue in order for everyone to be able to see the ceremony.