December graduates at Lincoln University are going to have to wait another five months before they can walk across the stage. Lincoln is suspending December commencement activities until further notice.
Students who graduate in December will instead be walking with May graduates in the spring. Lincoln University controller Sandra Koetting says the decision was made to save the university money.
“The cut in state appropriations over the last two years has kind of forced us to go back and look at how we’re spending our money. This was just one of those things that we felt at least temporarily we could suspend,” Koetting said.
Koetting says the university expects to save between $7,000 and $10,000. She says Lincoln has an average of 167 December graduates and 250 May graduates and the university expects a large number of those December graduates to participate in May. She says the university has not discussed when the suspension of December ceremonies will end. The spring commencement is scheduled for May 11th next year.