College students who have been seeking a 4-year degree for more than eight years are entitled to the degree, despite not graduating, a study recently showed. Professors and university officials across the country recently took part in a survey to find out if students that had not managed to earn a Bachelor's degree in a minimum of 16 semesters should given the degree out of pity. The survey showed that most thought that the students should, in fact, be allowed to graduate and receive degrees with only minimal differences from the degrees handed out to students who graduated in the normal cycle.

"The advantages of graduating in four years are still on the table…we are not encouraging anybody to postpone their graduation because in four more years they would receive complimentary degrees anyway" a professor from the University of Arizona stated. "We just feel that if they've been here that long, ya know, just give it to 'em." There has been, however, some outrage from college grads, "I finished in three and a half years and worked my butt off", said Stacy Magdarin of Temple University, "and now they're just gonna give these slackers a degree?" When asked if the survey would ever turn into an actual national policy, most said that it could happen sometime in the next few years, one university counselor even joked, "They'll still be in school anyway, they can wait a few more years."

The survey also concluded that the new policy would, of course, only apply to those students enrolled in four-year colleges. When asked about the status of students who have been attending two-year college's for more than eight years, John Glendall, president of the University of Illinois, said "Ha…good one"