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UA apologizes for graduation ceremony problems

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- University of Arizona officials apologized about the heat-related problems during the Tucson school's May 17 outdoor graduation ceremony.

Thousands of graduates had to wait for hours in near-100-degree heat in Arizona Stadium where adequate water either wasn't available or visible to graduates during the evening commencement.

The Arizona Daily Star reported that paramedics treated at least eight graduates for dehydration and other conditions and that several guests were taken to a hospital.

Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Kasey Urquidez said she's sorry for the shortcomings that drew numerous complaints and said the entire commencement planning team feels terrible about what happened.

The university is conducting a review but officials said they already planned changes related to water availability, waiting times and procession procedures.

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