TUCSON, Ariz. — University of Arizona officials apologized about the
heat-related problems during the Tucson school’s May 17 outdoor graduation
Thousands of graduates had to wait for hours in near-100-degree heat in Arizona
Stadium where adequate water either wasn’t available or visible to graduates
during the evening commencement.
The Arizona Daily Star reported that paramedics treated
at least eight graduates for dehydration and other conditions and that several
guests were taken to a hospital.
Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Kasey Urquidez said she’s sorry for
the shortcomings that drew numerous complaints and said the entire commencement
planning team feels terrible about what happened.
The university is conducting a review but officials said they already planned
changes related to water availability, waiting times and procession procedures.