This spring, the University of North Georgia will hold graduation expos on three of its four campuses. Hosted by UNG's Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving, these expos are designed to reach out to graduating seniors one last time before they leave campus. Alumni relations officer Sarah Dunlap talks about the plans for the expos and why seniors will want to attend.
What is a graduation expo?
The graduation expos are where graduating seniors can pick up their caps and gowns and graduation tickets, but there will also be representatives on-site from alumni relations, the registrar's office, financial aid, graduate studies, the Student Money Management Center and others. The first expo is on the Oconee campus, April 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Resource Center atrium; the Gainesville expo is April 24 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the Student Center's Robinson Ballroom; finally, the Dahlonega event will be May 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the top floor of the Starbucks in the Chestatee Building. This is drop-in style so seniors are free to stop by whenever they can during the expo, and there will be food there. Also, students wishing to come to the Oconee expo need to RSVP to me (firstname.lastname@example.org, 706-864-1649) by April 19.
Why should seniors attend the graduation expos?
Besides the fact that they will be a lot of fun, they will also be the perfect opportunity to take care of any last-minute, pre-graduation concerns. Any graduating senior who has any questions about what they need to take care of before graduation or what they can do after will find all the go-to people in the same room; it’s like a one-stop shop for the graduating senior. The Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving is also using these events as an opportunity to get updated contact information from seniors to help them stay involved with UNG after graduation.
Why are you excited about these expos?
This is the first time an event of this kind will be held on the Dahlonega campus. The former Gainesville State College hosted "graduation receptions" every year; after consolidation, we took this idea and expanded it into the graduation expos to better serve the whole university over our three largest campuses. We are hoping the expos will be a huge hit so that in the future we can offer even more events for graduating seniors. This could mean holding similar expos during fall semester and possibly hosting "senior weeks" in the near future.