Journalism of Ideas: Daily Helmsman at Memphis Presents Special Graduation Issue

The Daily Helmsman at the University of Memphis rolled out a top-notch graduation issue yesterday.  The special edition featured a host of commencement-centered stories and features.

Among them: a front page by-the-numbers rundown about the ceremony and its participants (including the amount of 2013 grads and a few data bits about past graduations); a fashion piece headlined “Is Your Outfit Diploma-Ready?”; some looks at seniors who are choosing not to participate in the event; and a report about the threat of a commencent delay if the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies make a playoff run.

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In explaining his personal decision to not join the grad-day festivities, UM senior Evan Lewis confirms, “Most seem unable to fathom why I would put so much work into such a major part of my life and then skip the final day of triumph.  I could say I’m just not one to stand on ceremony or that I don’t like to be the center of attention, if only for the seconds it takes to walk across a stage. Both of those excuses are somewhat true, but if I had to boil it down to a few words, I suppose the reason is that I just don’t see the point.”  The fantastically wonderful header atop his write-up: “Keep the Weird Hat. I Won’t Be Needing It.”

Separately, the paper presents an interesting profile of some young UM alums who are reluctant to tie the knot because of money woes caused by the bad economy.  The killer hed: “‘Til Debt Do Us Part.”

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