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GRADUATION TICKET FURY; Angry mum speaks out over city university's ceremony allocation.

Byline: Lucy Lynch

A MUM who is worried her son won't be allowed in to his sister's graduation ceremony has hit out at Coventry University for not having a waiting list for tickets. Alice Stevens is calling for families who would like more than the standard two tickets everyone gets to go on a waiting list.

Then, she says, tickets that aren't needed because people have failed their exams or don't want to be at the ceremony could be allocated to people on the waiting list.

The 52-year-old teacher from Surrey and her husband Charles can't wait to see their daughter Carla, 21, collect her degree in fine art at Coventry Cathedral in November. But their younger son Alexander wants to come to the ceremony as well.

University staff have said they will do their best to find him a spare ticket nearer the time. But Mrs Stevens believes a waiting list would make life easier for her own and scores of other families to stop unwanted seats going to waste.

Mrs Stevens said: "They said to me they used to have a waiting list but it became too difficult to manage. A friend's son graduated from Cardiff University and she was able to get tickets for herself, her two daughters and two of her son's grandparents from a waiting list. "I don't have much family.

My daughter doesn't have any aunts or uncles or first cousins so to have my son at the ceremony would mean so much."

A spokesman for Coventry University said: "Coventry University traditionally allocates two guest tickets per graduate at its graduation ceremonies - a policy shared by the majority of other institutions.

"While we do not currently hold a waiting list for additional tickets for the ceremonies, and can never guarantee being able to accommodate non ticket holders, we have staff members on hand in the cathedral who evaluate the situation once all ticket holders are seated and may be able to accommodate further guests. "Guests who cannot be seated in the cathedral are welcome to watch the graduation ceremony live in the nearby Goldstein Lecture Theatre in the Alan Berry Building."
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Date:Aug 8, 2012
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