Students prepare for December graduation at Grad Expo

Hobie Brown

The fall semester has reached its halfway point, and for December graduates, a few tough decisions have to be made.

Those decisions include whether to purchase a class ring and how many graduation invitations they need to order.

The fall Grad Expo will take place on Wednesday on the first floor of Billingsly Student Center. There are two sessions scheduled. The morning session runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the afternoon session goes from 4 to 6 p.m.

“This is a chance for all graduates to get everything they need to do before graduation done,” said Liz Scheurich, bookstore coordinator. “It’s a convenience.”

All December graduates must attend the Expo. There will be several departments on hand to provide services.

“They will be able to meet with financial aid to set up their exit interviews. The alumni will be here to serve cake and they can also meet with career services and the registrars office,” she said.

Pat Hurley, director of career services, encourages graduates to attend because of the assistance they can receive.

“This gives the graduates a chance to connect with Career Services to make sure they have a professional resume, to practice their interview skills, and to gain assistance on filling out graduate school applications. They can also register on the Southern Job Network to look for employment,” she said.

Representatives from CB announcements will be on hand for announcement orders and Jostens will be present, with class rings beginning at $199. They will also have diploma frames.

“If you want a tape of graduation, you can sign up for that as well,” Scheurich said.

The bookstore has something special planned as well.

“We will be offering a 15% discount on our diploma frames, which normally run from $89 to $149” Scheurich said.

The Expo is for graduating seniors to pick up their caps and gowns. They are provided at no cost.

“The Expo is really about getting to celebrate the graduates.” Scheurich said.