Athens, W.Va. – Concord University will be hosting its semi-annual Graduation Fair on Monday, September 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Jerry L. Beasley Student Center Ballroom. The Fair, which co-organizer of the event Tammy Monk says is a “one-stop-shop” for graduating seniors, will provide students a place to complete graduation-related tasks.
According to Carolyn Cox, organizer for the event, it is estimated that 60 percent of the candidates for graduation will attend the fair. “I think the benefit is that students can take care of everything in one location,” Cox said. “They can apply for graduation, pay their fees, get measured for caps and gowns, and order invitations and class rings. Moreover, our financial aid staff will be able to advise students about required exit interviews; and education majors can start the process for their background checks.”
Gifts will also be given to each senior who attends. One lucky student will win the grand prize, according to Monk, which is a $1,500 loan reduction.
“In the past we drew names for prizes but this year we wanted to give each one a gift,” Cox said.
In addition to the Grad Fair organized for December graduates, ten different graduate schools will be represented including: Lindsey Wilson College, Fairmont State University, University of Charleston (MBA), West Virginia Wesleyan College, Radford University (MSW), Appalachian School of Law, Concord University, Marshall University, West Virginia University (MPA), and Virginia Tech (MBA).
Monk says that not only should seniors visit with the graduate school representatives, but also juniors and even sophomores.
“I would definitely encourage underclassman to plan to visit with these recruiters and begin to gather information if attending graduate school is in their future plans. There is a lot of advance planning and preparation required to enroll in graduate school,” Monk said.
“The offices that participate enjoy the fair as much as the graduates. It it a time for us to celebrate their accomplishments,” Monk concluded.
CONCORD UNIVERSITY NOTES: Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679, extension 6086 if special assistance or help is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.
Andrea Meador, a sophomore majoring in public relations wrote this news release. Her hometown is Ghent.