GREENSBORO, N.C. — North Carolina A&T students unhappy with a policy limiting students to eight tickets for this year’s graduation held a rally Monday night protesting the move.
This year’s graduation at the Greensboro Coliseum May 12 will feature First Lady Michelle Obama as speaker.
The coliseum can hold 23,000 people. However, the Secret Service and A&T officials agreed to limit attendance to 15,000 based on a floor plan the school presented to the Secret Service.
Hundreds of students have signed a petition, saying they need more than eight tickets to give to friends, family members and other loved ones.
“A lot of my family have done so much for me through these four years, and I would love to see them see me walk across the stage,” said Sabrina Haygood, student. “Just to have them there supporting me is the best thing I could ever want.”
However, some students said the limit on seating is the price you pay for having a high-profile person speak.
“My frustration is that the university has worked hard to bring someone of this caliber to our university to come and speak, and the manner in which the students have decided to display their frustration has been a little disrespectful, to be honest,” said Augustine Joseph, student.
The rally took place at Corbet Gym.