Grad Fair: the last milestone
CSUB Seniors are preparing for the next stage in life. Some will start their professional career search, others will move on to graduate school. But first they are anticipating the excitement of their graduation ceremony. Hundreds of soon-to-be grads did just that at this year’s CSUB Grad Fair held May 1st and 2nd in the CSUB Runner Bookstore. CSUB Antelope Valley held its Graduation Fair on April 30th at the Lancaster University Center.
The event was filled with vendors selling everything from class rings, to flower lays and of course, the necessary caps, gowns and tassels. The bookstore even offered discounts on CSUB apparel and memorabilia. The lines were out the door with CSUB seniors and grad students waiting to purchase the essentials for the day they have been waiting for.
Weeks in advance, future spring graduates were sent emails to attend the Grad Fair in order to be informed about graduation and be able to purchase items for the service. Criminal Justice major, Demarques Alshon Sanders feels the Grad fair was a success. “I found the emails very useful because they had all the necessary information on the event.” He said. “I like how everything was organized. You know where to go and what to expect as you are going down the line to pick up stuff.”
Students were thrilled to be purchasing graduation items, which gave them hope for what to expect once they graduate. Keith Koski an English Major enjoyed the Graduation Fair and said, “I was able to pick up my cap and gown and I learned about commencement and what to expect the day of graduation. I think CSUB has prepared me because you learn things in class and improve time management, which helps you for the next stage. “
Not all were completely satisfied with the organization of the event. Some felt there could have been more accessibility to items needed to avoid the large crowds. “Maybe have more grad fairs and making them in smaller groups and if they would organize them by last name and split it into different days it would make the process go by faster,” said by Connie Kaplan, a Liberal Studies major.
Regardless, those in attendance were able to get what they needed for their graduation ceremony, and those that still need items can visit the CSUB Runner Bookstore during regular business hours. With graduation just over a month away, students will agree that receiving their degree will be gratifying for all the sleepless nights writing papers and cramming to study for a test. After the service, they will continue their journey to either pursue further degrees or continue on their career paths. For now, Grad Fair has allowed these students to be one step closer to graduation.
– Story By Lizet Vazquez, CSUB Public Affairs Intern
– Photos by Irma Cervantes, CSUB Public Affairs Coordinator