Letter to the editor

USI Shield Staff

We are not allowed to wear Greek lettered sashes when walking on graduation day at USI. I want to change that and don’t understand why it is such a bad thing.

So please, can you tell me why this is such a problem and what we can do to change this injustice on our campus?

Graduation is a very important day to many individuals, no matter their program or the time it took to get there. It is a day of accomplishments and successes.

Graduation can have very different sentimental values for people. They can think of the steps it took to get there, the struggles that were overcome, the support system they did or didn’t have, or anything in between to get to where they are that day.

I know that the accomplishment of receiving a degree from a university means a lot to me, but I could not have done it without the support and the opportunities that Greek Life has given to me.

Joining a sorority my freshman year was the turning point in my life, but not just with representing myself. I now stood for a whole group of women with and without the same Greek letters as me.

I took every opportunity to grow and develop while being in this organization to become a better person and a leader.  It has made me the person I am today. The successes that the rest of my life will bring to me, I can honestly say started with Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority.

All I want to be able to do on my graduation day is to wear those letters proudly against my graduation robe to show that I am a member of a strong sorority. I made it this far with just those three letters behind me and an enormous group of people around the country.

-Emily Ellison