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Banned at USF graduation: Selfies

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The University of South Florida is changing its graduation guidelines, requesting that seniors stop taking "selfies" with the school president during the ceremony.

"We respectfully request that you refrain from inappropriate behaviors when you are on stage approaching President Judy Genshaft and other dignitaries, including: stepping, marching, strolling and selfies," a statement from student affairs says. "A simple handshake is preferred. Your refusal to abide by this request may result in disciplinary action and/or the withholding of your degree."

According to The Oracle, USF's school newspaper, the request came after a graduating senior last May did an inappropriate dance on stage when he approached the university president.

Selfies have recently become a problem. During the last set of ceremonies, the Dean of Students, Michael Freeman, noticed students were hiding phones in their robes and pulling them out as they approached the university president to shake her hand and take a graduation photo.

Freeman is quoted in the article as saying, "it's a little bit selfish and a little bit disrespectful."

USF is the second university to ban selfies. Last week, Bryant University in Rhode Island changed its policy as well.

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