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University of Maryland Held Special Sunday Graduation for Shabbat Observers

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 15: Students throw their caps in the air ahead of their graduation ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall on July 15, 2014 in London, England. Students of the London College of Fashion, Management and Science and Media and Communication attended their graduation ceremony at the Royal …
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The Algemeiner reports:  The University of Maryland-College Park (UMD) held its first-ever special graduation ceremony for Shabbat-observers this past Sunday, in what the student behind the initiative called a “very special” program.

The ceremony was attended by 22 students and over 100 family and friends, graduate Rebecca Grossman told The Algemeiner on Wednesday, who added that it was especially meaningful to celebrate commencement with the Jewish campus community she had grown so close to over the last four years.

Grossman first began organizing the alternative ceremony when she realized that although the main commencement exercises was scheduled for Sunday, 19 of the 34 departmental diploma presentation programs were to be held on Saturday, including that of her own engineering college.

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