The Candor

Graduation Fair: BenU’s doors will always be open to alumni

by Kulsum Musani, Staff Writer

Benedictine University will be holding its annual Graduation Fair from Monday, April 22nd to Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013. The fair will be held in the Krasa Fireside Lounge from 10 am to 7 pm on both days. Graduating students can stop by at any time on either day to pick up their caps and gowns as well as learn about the many services Benedictine University offers to its students after they graduate.

“The Graduation Fair is designed to be a ‘one stop shop’ for everything related to commencement,” stated Jon Miller, Associate Dean at Benedictine University.

The fair provides many opportunities for students graduating this year. They are able to pick up their caps and gowns, get a supply of Commencement announcements which they can personalize, and have a picture taken in their cap and gown, to name a few. Students attending the Graduation Fair are also automatically entered into a raffle where they can win a diploma frame, valued at $160 and various other prizes as well.

“I am glad that Benedictine University offers this service so that graduating students can pick up the essential materials they need for the graduation day. Moreover, students will also have the chance to join the Alumni Association and learn about some of the career development resources students can utilize even after graduation for their professional development,” said graduating senior Faiza Choudhry.

Students can also meet with the Alumni Development staff to learn about how they can benefit from being active alumni members and Enrollment services to ask and learn about the various graduate programs and certificates BenU offers.

Both Career Development and the Student Success Center also play a significant role at the Graduation Fair.

“The Student Success Center works with Barnes & Noble at Benedictine University. Barnes & Noble coordinates the cap and gown distribution process; the Student Success Center takes the lead in coordinating that logistics of the Graduation Fair,” said Mr. Miller.

Career Development, which helps both undergraduate and graduate students, will also be at the Graduation Fair to offer their services to both students who have worked with them in the past, as well as those who have not had the opportunity to do so. They guide students in making resumes, preparing for interviews, and looking for employment opportunities, to name a few.

Mr. Miller further stated, “Career Development continues to work with students after the point of graduation as members of the alumni community, and we want both undergraduate and graduate students to be aware of the services that are available.”

Overall, the Graduation Fair, which has been held each year for approximately the past ten years, provides proof of the fact that even after graduating from Benedictine University, students will always be part of the close-knit community BenU creates and the doors will always remain open for them.

“As an alumna, I would like to keep in touch with BenU and attending this fair will enlighten me about some of the ways alumni can make a difference even after graduating,” enthused Choudhry.