NEWS RELEASE – Casavant stands up for UVic graduate denied at graduation ceremony

For Immediate Release

Victoria – University of Victoria STEPS Forward graduate Nathan Bodie should get to attend his graduation ceremony, says BC NDP Oak Bay-Gordon Head candidate Bryce Casavant.

“Earlier this week I learned that a UVic graduate, Nathan Bodie, in the STEPS Forward program, had been informed this past fall that he would not be allowed to attend his own convocation ceremony,” said Casavant. “Like any other graduate, he should have the right to be celebrated for all of the hard work and time he has put in to his education.”

Nathan Bodie will be graduating this year from the STEPS Forward program. STEPS Forward’s vision is to make it unremarkable for young adults with developmental disabilities to attend post secondary education across BC; to be included in the same courses and programs of study, and in the same ways, as any other student on campus.

“It is my understanding that the University of Victoria has received recommendations on improving the equality of graduation ceremonies and that the senate will be voting on potential resolutions next week” said Casavant. “I look forward to the outcome and trust a resolution is achieved which sees Nathan fully participating in his convocation.”

Read the letter that Casavant wrote to the University of Victoria requesting his full participation rights at graduation: convocation_committee_-letter_of_support-_nathan_bodie.pdf

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