Forgo the cap and gown, help T-Square

A longer, unedited version of this went out on the Woodframes listserv:

We’d like you to join us in not buying a cap and gown and instead giving that $54.50 to the Traverse Square After-school Program a.k.a. The Center. The Center is one of the only University-sponsored programs aimed at working cooperatively with Middletown’s low-income families to improve the quality of life in their communities.

We have informed Marshal of the Faculty and faculty representative for Commencement Suzanne O’Connell of our plans and she assured us that anyone who elects not to wear the cap and gown will still be allowed to walk at Commencement. We can coordinate our attire or you can do your own thing.

Contact Michael Berger ’08 (mwberger@wes), Zac Meyer ’08 (zmeyer@wes), David Harris ’08 (akdiamond@wes), or Alex Diamond ’08 (dlharris@wes) for more information.

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28 thoughts on “Forgo the cap and gown, help T-Square

  1. Anonymous

    Welcome to Last Minute Advocacy!Please choose from the following scapegoat(s) before selecting your cause:-the Administration-the Global Economy-Travis Square-the Wesleyan Bookstore-local businesses-Reverend Jeremiah Wright

  2. Anonymous

    Welcome to Last Minute Advocacy!

    Please choose from the following scapegoat(s) before selecting your cause:

    -the Administration
    -the Global Economy
    -Travis Square
    -the Wesleyan Bookstore
    -local businesses
    -Reverend Jeremiah Wright

  3. Anonymous

    Has anyone not realized this is a horrible idea?People should give to charity – and give to traverse square, too! – but why is “The Center” trying to get people to take money AWAY from something in order to give it to charity?My parents and my grandparents will be at graduation, and none of them went to college. None of them wanted me to go here, and kids not wearing their robes will make them think Wesleyan is not a serious school. Can people understand that there is a time to make a statement and a time NOT to make a statement? Graduating from college, unless you forgot, is a big fucking deal to a lot of people. Image-wise, this is also unproductive. It doesn’t send the right message to forego your graduation robe in order to promote education.You should give money to Traverse Square, sure, but this is just foolish. I understand buying use robes because they are too expensive, but why can’t you give money to Traverse Square AND wear your robe?

  4. Anonymous

    Has anyone not realized this is a horrible idea?

    People should give to charity – and give to traverse square, too! – but why is “The Center” trying to get people to take money AWAY from something in order to give it to charity?

    My parents and my grandparents will be at graduation, and none of them went to college. None of them wanted me to go here, and kids not wearing their robes will make them think Wesleyan is not a serious school. Can people understand that there is a time to make a statement and a time NOT to make a statement? Graduating from college, unless you forgot, is a big fucking deal to a lot of people.

    Image-wise, this is also unproductive. It doesn’t send the right message to forego your graduation robe in order to promote education.

    You should give money to Traverse Square, sure, but this is just foolish. I understand buying use robes because they are too expensive, but why can’t you give money to Traverse Square AND wear your robe?

  5. Anonymous

    What if a junior collected caps and gowns after the ceremony this year, then sold them next year in April – donating the money to Traverse Square (or another Middletown Charity). I bet a lot of people would buy a used robe for $40, especially if they know all the money was going to good cause. It wouldn’t solve the problem of people already having gowns this year, but it could make a positive impact in the future!

  6. Anonymous

    What if a junior collected caps and gowns after the ceremony this year, then sold them next year in April – donating the money to Traverse Square (or another Middletown Charity). I bet a lot of people would buy a used robe for $40, especially if they know all the money was going to good cause. It wouldn’t solve the problem of people already having gowns this year, but it could make a positive impact in the future!

  7. Anonymous

    this is a great initiative. can seniors make an effort to get in touch with last year’s grads and borrow/buy their gowns?

  8. Anonymous

    this is a great initiative. can seniors make an effort to get in touch with last year’s grads and borrow/buy their gowns?

  9. Anonymous

    noa: there’s a parent, of a junior i believe, who’s trying to match up current juniors and seniors and have seniors sell their caps & gowns for $40. she’s been talking about it on the parent listserv, which is how i heard about it.

  10. Anonymous

    noa: there’s a parent, of a junior i believe, who’s trying to match up current juniors and seniors and have seniors sell their caps & gowns for $40. she’s been talking about it on the parent listserv, which is how i heard about it.

  11. noa

    Very cool, guys. I’ll do it in two years. Or at least give the $’s to *something* useful.If 100 seniors did this every year, that’s $5000/year. I’m not into how scholarships make people compete and then judges how deserving they are… but something like annual scholarships for Middletown kids graduating high school would be cool. I guess that would keep money circulating in college-bound loop which is unnecessary. mmm…What do people do with their gowns after graduation? Can we collect them and sell them next year (or I will, if you’ll be off-campus) for people who DO want to buy gowns, and then use that money too?If half of seniors either bought a gown used and then gave it back, or didn’t wear one and donated the money, then we’d be up to $15,000 / year…Yeah yeah yeah!

  12. noa

    Very cool, guys. I’ll do it in two years. Or at least give the $’s to *something* useful.

    If 100 seniors did this every year, that’s $5000/year. I’m not into how scholarships make people compete and then judges how deserving they are… but something like annual scholarships for Middletown kids graduating high school would be cool. I guess that would keep money circulating in college-bound loop which is unnecessary. mmm…

    What do people do with their gowns after graduation? Can we collect them and sell them next year (or I will, if you’ll be off-campus) for people who DO want to buy gowns, and then use that money too?

    If half of seniors either bought a gown used and then gave it back, or didn’t wear one and donated the money, then we’d be up to $15,000 / year…

    Yeah yeah yeah!

  13. Anonymous

    Yeah, I, too wish this had been announced earlier. What am I supposed to do with my gown now that its too late?

  14. Anonymous

    Yeah, I, too wish this had been announced earlier. What am I supposed to do with my gown now that its too late?

  15. Anonymous

    Hey guys,I bought a used cap and gown for 20 dollars, but would like to be a part of this project. If anyone would like to buy my cap and gown for 20 bucks, I will donate the money to The Center. Email me at hlempel@wes and we can work something out. I think the gown fits people who are 5’7-5’11.Cool.Howie

  16. Anonymous

    Hey guys,

    I bought a used cap and gown for 20 dollars, but would like to be a part of this project. If anyone would like to buy my cap and gown for 20 bucks, I will donate the money to The Center. Email me at hlempel@wes and we can work something out. I think the gown fits people who are 5’7-5’11.

    Cool.
    Howie

  17. Justin L.

    I’m not arguing against Anonymous @ 11:49’s point, but I should add that the original, lengthier email from which this excerpt was taken mentioned that The Center program provides mentoring and tutoring, and doesn’t just give handouts to the T-Square residents.Like the post says, do get in touch with one of those seniors if you’d like more information!

  18. Justin L.

    I’m not arguing against Anonymous @ 11:49’s point, but I should add that the original, lengthier email from which this excerpt was taken mentioned that The Center program provides mentoring and tutoring, and doesn’t just give handouts to the T-Square residents.

    Like the post says, do get in touch with one of those seniors if you’d like more information!

  19. Anonymous

    Traverse Square is the recipient of an endless amount of taxpayer’s largess. One of the lessons of your college years should be that there is a segment of society that seeks the lowest common denominator. Don’t go to that level. Wear your caps and gowns. Someone from Traverse Square will catch a glimpse of your achievement. That may inspire. $54.50 is a payoff; inspiration is priceless.

  20. Anonymous

    Traverse Square is the recipient of an endless amount of taxpayer’s largess. One of the lessons of your college years should be that there is a segment of society that seeks the lowest common denominator. Don’t go to that level. Wear your caps and gowns. Someone from Traverse Square will catch a glimpse of your achievement. That may inspire. $54.50 is a payoff; inspiration is priceless.

  21. Anonymous

    this is the best idea I’ve heard in a long time…. Please, everyone who can, do it. But… how do we donate to T-square? Also, I’d love to coordinate attire… solidarity + parents not freaking out + much better use of money = good plan

  22. Anonymous

    this is the best idea I’ve heard in a long time…. Please, everyone who can, do it. But… how do we donate to T-square?

    Also, I’d love to coordinate attire… solidarity + parents not freaking out + much better use of money = good plan

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