Schools to graduates: Hold off on the selfies

In this April 29, 2014 photo, University of South Florida graduating seniors Kyra Ciotti, 22, of Tampa, Fla., left, and Rita Sibaja, 24, of Winter Haven, Fla., look at photos that Rita took of Kyra in her cap and gown Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
In this April 29, 2014 photo, University of South Florida graduating seniors Kyra Ciotti, 22, of Tampa, Fla., left, and Rita Sibaja, 24, of Winter Haven, Fla., look at photos that Rita took of Kyra in her cap and gown Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Two schools’ seemingly simple advice to graduates is generating headlines.

The University of South Florida in Tampa and Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I., have asked the cap-and-gown set to refrain from selfies as they collect their diplomas.

Administrators saw their directives as innocuous, but they’ve stood out for placing the slightest curtailment on some students’ nonstop use of social media.

The schools say they’re simply trying to keep already long ceremonies from dragging on even longer.

But some wonder if the bans might backfire and prompt even more students to stop for self-portraits.

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