Official 25 Task 2

Split Graduation

Traditionally, the university holds one ceremony for all graduating students, during which students are awarded their diplomas. Beginning this year, however, the university will hold two graduation ceremonies. Under the new arrangement, half the graduating students will participate in the first ceremony, and the other will participate in a second ceremony to be held the following day. Administrators cite two reasons for the change. First, the number of students has increased in recent years, and since diplomas are awarded individually, the single ceremony has become uncomfortably long. Also, the hall where the ceremony is held is too small to accommodate the growing audience of friends and family members.

Narrator: Now listen to two students discussing the article.
Woman: You know, I wish they wouldn't do this.
Man: Why?
Woman: Well, I think it's unnecessary.
I mean, as far as the first reason goes.
Yeah, sure, it takes a long time to have everyone receive their diploma individually,
especially now that there are more students,
but there's an easy way to make it shorter.
Man: What's that?
Woman: Reduce the number of speeches. I mean, a lot of people give speeches,
students, professors, administrators, the president of the university,
Do we really need that many speeches?
Man: Probably not,
and a lot of the speeches are pretty boring anyway.
So, yeah, we probably could cut out a few.
Woman: Yeah, and I don't think their second reason is very good either, about the space.
Man: How's that?
Woman: The problem isn't the size of the hall.
It's that they allow students to invite to many people to come and watch.
All they need to do is reduce the number of guests each graduating student gets to invite.
Man: Yeah, I guess that could solve the problem.
Woman: Yeah, I mean right now,
each graduating student can invite up to ten people.
That's too many.
At most schools, students only get to invite like four or five people.
If we just say, "Okay, you can only invite six people."
That it still be more than most other schools,
and the ceremony could stay the way it is.

The woman expresses her opinion about the university’s plan. Briefly summarize the plan. Then state her opinion and explain the reasons she gives for holding that opinion.