University president to grads: no selfies while receiving your diploma


The diploma stand at Bryant University is a no-selfie zone this year. Photo by Getty Images

An effective selfie should capture a unique, once in a lifetime moment. Like winning an Oscar or meeting the president. But students graduating from Rhode Island’s Bryant University can nix “receiving your college diploma” from their selfie bucket list.

That’s because the university has asked students not to pursue a selfie with its president while receiving their diplomas.

University President Ronald Machtley says students stop him all the time on campus to ask him to take a selfie with them. But having 800 graduates trying to snap a shot at the May 17 ceremony would be too much, he tells the Associated Press.

He says he’d be happy to take photos afterward.

Senior Ali Luthman told the news agency that some students might be upset about the no selfies rule but “no one is crying about it.”

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