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Grads: Take this tray, do good in the world

Jenna Johnson

This school year Dickinson College in Pennsylvania decided to go trayless in its cafeterias to save money and the environment. Many universities have found that doing so reduces the amount of food wasted and reduces the dish-washing load.

But some out-spoken members of the Class of 2010 were not happy, and the university president had to deal with months of complaints.

Graduation _314.JPGSo during graduation on Sunday, President William Durden decided to have a little bit of fun.

At the end of his commencement speech, Durden thanked students for dealing with budget cuts and announced: "Besides your diploma, I offer you the infamous, decades-old Dickinson College cafeteria tray." As he held up the tray, the graduates erupted with laughs and cheers.

"Seriously, this thing has been stolen by many students over many years, but you are going to get it honestly because you fought for it," Durden said with a laugh. He added that the tray is a collector's item: "I don't even have one of these things!"

You can watch the commencement yourself after the jump (but fast-forward to about 27 minutes in to see the tray ceremony):

To read more about Dickinson's sustainability plans, check out the school's Carbon Neutral 2020 plan online. And to learn about other college campuses that are going trayless, check out one of my new favorite blogs, Wasted Food.

By Jenna Johnson  |  May 26, 2010; 1:50 PM ET
Categories:  Real World  | Tags: Dickinson College  
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