University's Modern Rule: No Selfies at Graduation
Bryant University worried they'd slow down the ceremony
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 18, 2014 5:07 PM CDT
File photo of a selfie in progress.   (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

(Newser) – Sign of the times: Bryant University in Rhode Island has taken the unusual step of outlawing selfies during next month's graduation ceremony, reports WLNE-TV. Specifically, students are forbidden from whipping out their phones while accepting their diplomas from President Ronald Machtley, explains USA Today. A school official says it's not about being Luddites, it's about making sure the ceremony doesn't drag on and on while people are saying cheese. Plus, a professional photographer will be on hand to record the moment for posterity. (Click to read about a recent selfie that earned the scorn of the White House.)

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iq145
Apr 20, 2014 6:28 PM CDT
To "outlaw" selfies is just plain mean. What's the real reason? Does it have something to do with that "professional photographer" that will be on hand?
TheJman
Apr 19, 2014 10:03 AM CDT
If you're asked not to do it, whats the big deal. Only stupid people like Obama get off on selfies anyways!
DougMasters
Apr 19, 2014 9:04 AM CDT
"it's about making sure the ceremony doesn't drag on and on while people are saying cheese" I hate how long these things are.