Graduating students have the opportunity to make the graduation process smoother at the first ever Graduation Fair on Tue, March 26. A committee of staff members, who help the senior class plan Commencement, teamed up with senior class representatives to create this event. The senior representatives told staff what they would like to see and the staff ran with those ideas.
“This was something we wanted to have,” said Asst. to the Vice President of Academic Affairs Dean, Robin Herring. “We wanted everyone to be prepared and have fun.”
The idea is to give seniors graduation information early enough so that students can plan their day. Staff understand that seniors have many different things on their plate, such as trying to find a job and passing the last of their classes. They want to make sure that graduation is one less thing to worry about and that the day of commencement runs smoothly.
“The goal of the graduation fair is to help seniors get ready for the big day, a lot goes into graduation other than showing up and this fair is an opportunity to get ready for it,” said Leslie Hoover ‘13.
The committee talked to other schools in the area to find out how their fairs operate. The staff learned that these schools make the day both informative and fun. They do this by bringing in different services and campus departments to the event.
“It will really help people to enjoy the day without having to worry about whether they took care of a small detail early enough,” said Hoover.
Early registration opportunities are available for student's graduation needs
Various services will be available to the students in attendance, including several pre-ordering opportunities. Pictures Plus will take senior portraits all day at the fair. This is a first for this year because students will be able to order pictures and have them in time to put into their graduation announcements, which can also be purchased that day. Commencement Flowers, a regional flower company that provides flowers for the day of commencement, will also attend.
“I am looking forward to being able to setup things for graduation day. I think it will really help to alleviate stress on graduation day,” said senior Liz Hart ‘13.
A DVD of the Commencement ceremony is also available for students to pre-order. This DVD will cover the entire ceremony and eases the burden for family members that may not be close enough to attend in person.
Members of the senior class who wish to attend Senior Bash can also sign up for that event at the fair. College departments, like the Registrar, will also be in attendance for students to discuss their futures. Academic programs regarding masters and graduate school programs will also be available to students.
“We invited Career Development to help students and to offer some other representation,” Herring said.
Throughout the day, the bookstore will also have specials from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Parents of students are also encouraged to attend and Herring believes it will make the day more effective.
“I must commend the senior class for stepping up to help with this,” said Herring. “I applaud them for their hard work with us. We started working together in the fall, instead of waiting for the spring semester.”
Students are encouraged to visit the campus website for up-to-date information regarding graduation, the College Fair and Commencement.