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Thanks to Ellen and her star-studded snapshot, the selfie revolution has become an epidemic and one university is taking steps to ban them at this year’s May 2 graduation ceremony.

The University of South Florida recently warned its students that they may take back a student’s diploma if they attempt to take a selfie with the university president when they go to accept their degree.

Why? Because with a graduating class of more than 6,400, officials worry that a barrage of selfies will slow down an already-too long ceremony.

“I feel bad for the person behind the person taking the selfies because now they have to wait for their moment,” student class president Will Warmke told the Tampa Bay Times. “I would love to have a selfie with president Genshaft but there’s a time and place for taking photos with the president that wouldn’t hinder the graduation process with other students.”

Selfies aren’t the only act getting called out. The university published a newspaper ad and sent a notice to graduating seniors to refrain from “stepping,” “marching” or “strolling.”

  • Do you agree with USF’s selfie ban? Tell us why or why not in the comments section!

-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles

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