The University of South Florida is banning selfies at its May graduation ceremonies

TAMPA - Taking note of the popular form of social media photography known as the selfie, the higher-ups at USF are sending a message to the class of 2014: No selfies while receiving your diploma.

The missive was relayed via the school newspaper and email:


Graduation Etiquette

Congratulations to the Class of 2014! Graduation is an exciting time and one that should be celebrated with the dignity such a life milestone deserves.

We respectfully request that you refrain from inappropriate behaviors when you are on stage approaching President Genshaft and other dignitaries, including:
- Stepping        - Strolling
- Marching       - Selfies

The message goes on to encourage "a simple handshake" and sums it up this way:

Your refusal to abide by this request may result in disciplinary action and/or the withholding of your degree.
Be Respect-a-Bull, and Go Bulls!

Graduation ceremonies at the Tampa and St. Pete campuses will take place in early May.


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