The Commencement Handshake: Casualty of the Swine Flu?

It was recently announced that Oakland University in Michigan would eliminate the traditional commencement handshake over growing concerns of swine flu. The state of Michigan has had 8 confirmed cases of the disease.

What of colleges and universities in Vermont where there have been 0 cases of swine flu?

According to an article in the Burlington Free Press, administrators in the 802 are keeping an eye on the spread of swine flu and will maintain or change their commencement plans accordingly. The Class of 2009 at Middlebury–which the BFP calls the “most handshake-happy institution around”–can rest assured they will shake hands with President Ron Liebowitz . . . and their department chair . . . and the Middlebury College Alumni Association President.

But if the swine flu makes an appearance in Vermont in time for commencement celebrations, what will President Liebowitz . . . and the department chairs . . . and the Middlebury College Alumni Association President do? I propose the time-honored tradition of the fist bump, made popular and trendy by President Barack Obama and his wife First Lady Michelle Obama. A prime alternative to the handshake, the fist bump promotes minimal hand-to-hand contact and ensures participants will not touch those areas of the hand which typically harbor germs. The fist bump is the modern individual’s way of saying, “Job well done!”

MiddBlog wants to know: Do you have a new way to shake?

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