(Mitzpeh) Among those affected is modern Orthodox student Naomi Ehrenkranz. The psychology and English major can’t attend either of her schools’ graduation ceremonies because both fall on Saturday, but she didn’t expect much budge from the administration regarding dates.
“I highly doubt they would move several huge graduation ceremonies for a few students who cannot make it,” she wrote in an email. “I would have thought they would have taken it into account, but theoretically, they don’t have to move anything for us.”
UMD Chabad Rabbi Eli Backman echoed those sentiments.
“Reality is, in America, the weekend is when everybody’s off of work and makes the most convenient sense,” he said. “So that’s the tension and the challenge.”
While he believes that in an ideal world, graduation wouldn’t fall on a holy Jewish day, he understands that the main ceremony is on Sunday and that there isn’t much they can do at this point.
“The other part of the challenge is, once they announce a date, they really don’t ever want to change it, because parents book flights and hotels and travel plans immediately upon it,” said Backman.