North Texas is gearing up to play in in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl next week as the college football bowl season officially gets underway. It is the second year in a row the Mean Green will be in a postseason bowl game and fans are excited to see if their team can end the season with a 10th win for the first time in school history. The only problem is North Texas’ bowl game is scheduled the same day as graduation in Denton.
Don’t worry, North Texas seniors. Any seniors attending the New Orleans Bowl will be accommodated by North Texas officials with a special graduation ceremony. The school was already organizing an alternative for seniors on the football team, marching band, and cheerleading team who may be impacted by the conflicting schedule. In addition, any students wishing to attend the game will be offered the same opportunity.
“We will continue our commencement traditions on campus as planned,” North Texas President Neal Smatresk said in a statement to the North Texas Daily student newspaper. “And for those who are participating in the bowl game or those students who choose to travel to New Orleans, a change in location isn’t going to keep us from celebrating our graduates and sending them out into the world in style!”
This is a fantastic move by the university to make sure seniors and their friends and family do not have to choose between attending a graduation ceremony and a bowl game in New Orleans. Besides, getting a chance to celebrate your graduation in New Orleans with a football game seems like the best possible experience there may be.