Fresno Pacific University once told me it embodied academic and professional excellence, emphasizing student focus and responsiveness.
I’m a student at FPU, and I have yet to experience that promise. It may seem small, but the graduation ceremony is the Holy Grail of college. The cap and gown is the light at the end of the tunnel.
In 2012, FPU commencement policy allowed students to walk in the same semester of their last enrolled semester. In 2013, my adviser told me it was still in effect. I applied for the spring 2015 commencement ceremony, and my application was denied. FPU told me the policy changed, but no one in my program was properly notified.
Spring 2015 is my last semester, and I was denied the spring commencement, but I was told my diploma would be mailed to me in July, and that I could participate in the December ceremony. I’ve been trying for months to get a definitive response from the administration, but FPU cares more about money and less about students.
FPU rained on the light at the end of my tunnel, and they threw in hail and lightning, too.