University of Cincinnati Offers Belated Graduation

Many missed Cincinnati’s 1970 graduation ceremony, delayed because of the Kent State shootings.

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The shootings of students at Kent State University during a Vietnam War protest will never be forgotten—almost every U.S. history textbook on the planet at least mentions the May 4, 1970, incident. But in the chaos and outcry that followed the shootings, which killed four students and injured nine more, many colleges and universities, including the University of Cincinnati, canceled classes, and a lot of folks missed their graduation.

Cincinnati is offering a do-over, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. The school has invited 3,200 students from the class of 1970 back to the campus for a special commencement anniversary ceremony. The event will take place at Cincinnati's Fifth Third Arena the day before the class of 2010's ceremony on June 12.

Many students had moved on or simply left campus by the time Cincinnati reconvened in June 1970. The school had a graduation ceremony that month, but an unknown number of students missed it. Some 140 graduates have expressed interest in the anniversary commencement, the report says.

"I think it's terrific," Gus Perdikakis, a graduate who walked in the June 1970 ceremony but doesn't recall much of it, tells the Enquirer. "I was excited when I heard about it."

Paper Trail has a feeling this year's ceremony won't be so easy to forget.

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