Monday, February 7, 2011
Senior students checked off their graduation checklists Wednesday at the Pre-Grad Fair in the Starlight Room, visiting booths and talking to representatives.
College representatives made preparing for graduation as easy as possible by setting up booths for each department which students needed to visit in order to prepare for graduation.
As seniors entered the Starlight Room, representatives were there to greet them with a graduation checklist and reminder of additional tasks to complete for graduation.
Executive Director of Alumni Relations Mindy Benson said the main purpose of the fair was to give upcoming graduates the opportunity to get ready for graduation and take care of everything all in one place.
Students were able to speak with a representative from the Registrar’s Office to ensure that they were on track for graduation and all paperwork was in, Benson said.
She said they were also able to speak with representatives from the Cashier’s office to assure the diploma fee, and cap and gown fees were paid.
Financial Aid office representatives were available to discuss closing loans and any other outstanding balances incurred, Benson said.
The fair also had a booth where seniors could order and pay for cap and gown sets, with information of where and when they would be available to be picked up.
Students also had the opportunity to order personalized announcements and other graduation memorabilia.
Along with help in preparing for graduation, there were career specialists at the fair to help students with what some of their options were after graduation.
A list of upcoming career fairs, workshops and job search resources was supplied.
For those students who plan to continue their education, admissions representatives were on hand to fill students in on graduate school options.
A good amount of seniors attended the fair and found the fair to be very helpful in preparation for graduation and life after.
Rory Meli, a senior communication major from Vernal, described the fair as “very easy and understandable.”
Another senior, Alex Cooper, a senior psychology major from Cedar City said she was very pleased with the job fair.
She said she was relieved she didn’t have to spend hours walking to each department to get things done like she had thought she would have to.
“I thought I’d be walking all over campus,” she said. “It is great and helps a lot that it is all in one place.”
Benson also added the importance of the Alumni Association information available at the fair for after graduation.
The Alumni Association is the largest SUU organization totaling more than 38,000 members and current alumni are always looking forward to having new members in the network, she said.
Attending the Pre-grad Fair each semester for seniors is encouraged to help prepare for graduation, as well as post-graduation information, she said.