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Documenting Graduation on Social Media

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CBS 2/ FOX 28)- This weekend marked the start of a new journey for many Iowa students.

And social media played a big part in those commencement ceremonies.

"It's unreal, I didn't think this would actually happen," graduate Palmer Hoegh said.

She said she couldn't be more thrilled to be done with college and document her big day.

"I'm going to email my grandma," she said when asked if she was going to post pictures to Facebook. She said she was going to post pictures from the big day
on her social media accounts.
Many recent graduates will be posting throughout the next week.

Highlights that Coe College in downtown Cedar Rapids encouraged their graduating senior class to share.

"We have found it has been popular with students and their parents," Coe College Marketing and Public Relations Director Rod Pritchard said.

He said that Coe College starting incorporating social media interaction into their events, including commencment a few years ago.

"I think it adds more excitement to the events," he added.

But while Coe College is on board with social media interaction during the ceremony, according to an article on, schools like
University of South Florida and Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhonde Island said taking photos during certain times of the ceremony
 takes away from the special day.

They asked studnets not take selfies on stage when they grabbed their diplomas. They didn't fully ban the use of cell phones
or posting on social media for the entire ceremony.

However, Hoegh say's she is glad that Coe College didn't have the same policy as the two universties, but that she was able to document every step to getting her diploma.

"It's a nice way to share with people especially if your friends or family live around the world.

Coe College graduates can use the hastag #coehawknation when posting photos on social media.

More eastern Iowa graduates will be grabbing their diploma next weekend.

University of Iowa is also encouraging their students to tweet and post photos on Facebook during their ceremony.


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