Bio grads 

Good news for environmentalists: OU recently announced that students graduating this year will be wearing biodegradable gowns during commencement. Bad news to students: The new gowns will still be worth more than your degree in this job market.

According to an OU press release, "The gowns are made from wood fiber harvested exclusively from renewable, managed forests and zippers made from 100 percent recycled polyethylene terephthalate, and are proven to disintegrate in a landfill within one year."

Wow, that's how long it might take for some of those students to get a job. What a thought: As a student crosses the threshold of graduating, that gown will be gone before job rejection letters hit the mailbox.

Sorry to be so grim, future job seekers, but have you checked the latest employment figures? You would have an easier chance of being Steve Hunt's campaign manager the next time he runs for mayor than getting a job in your degree field.

OU's commencement is set for 7 p.m., May 14 at the Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Hmm, an evening in May where hundreds of students will be wearing biodegradable clothing outdoors? Could make for a memorable night. Just as a student is handed his diploma, the other hand may be needed to hold something else.

We're guessing that's just a tiny bit different than the custom-made, "you spent how much?" gowns OU professors don for the ceremony. Welcome, grads, to the real world of tenured faculty.

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