At the University of Arizona, graduating students express their exuberance by tossing tortillas at commencement. President Peter Likins, determined to stamp out tortillas, has canceled the university-wide graduation ceremony scheduled for December in favor of smaller ceremonies at each of the colleges. In 2003, Likins vowed to down the edible discs, reports the Daily Star, which doesn’t say why the president cares.
“Unless our peculiar practice of throwing tortillas ceases, we may be obliged to cancel future all-university commencement ceremonies, leaving our graduation celebrations to the individual colleges,” Likins wrote.
The tortillas continued to fly.
But are the students responsible? Alistair Chapman, the student body president, “said a video from the May 2004 commencement showed most of the tortillas were thrown from the audience. He said he believes security at the doors, similar to that at basketball games, would eliminate that problem and is needed anyway for a crowd of 14,000.”
Kimberly Swygert envisions proud parents being frisked for tortillas as they enter the UA stadium.