New Special Event at NGU Adds to Excitement of Graduation Day
North Greenville University introduced a new special event for graduating seniors at the December 2016 commencement day on Friday, Dec. 9.
On the morning of graduation, NGU’s December graduates in the undergraduate, online undergraduate, and graduate degree programs gathered for the Graduation Celebration Breakfast.
“This is the first graduation breakfast we have had; [the event] is usually a brunch or picnic, depending on if it is a December or May graduation,” says Brittany Hendrix, coordinator of Student Activities at NGU.
For the first time, graduate families and faculty and staff members also joined in for the celebratory meal with NGU’s newest alumni.
“Graduation day is so hard on the families. There’s really not a moment for everybody to just take a deep breath and not be frantic,” says Director of Alumni Engagement and Development Julie Styles, who coordinated the event in collaboration with Student Activities.
Styles says that the Graduate Celebration Breakfast allowed graduate families to relax and mingle, and it also allowed faculty members to “leave on a good note, too — a sense of accomplishment.”
Prior to the event, in fact, NGU’s Class of 2016 voted on superlative awards not only for their fellow seniors, but also for the faculty and staff.
Graduating senior Pedro Mateo, broadcast media, says that he thought the celebration was a great idea, and he was pleasantly surprised to win the senior nomination for Most Likely to Become President.
“I wasn't really expecting to win anything like this, which makes it all more meaningful that my peers were able to get to know me these four years,” says Mateo.
Breakfast festivities also included a photo booth, on-camera interviews about graduates’ best memories at NGU, and a message from Interim President Randall Pannell.
In addition to the new breakfast, this was the first year that NGU seniors could decorate their caps for commencement. At the ceremony, NGU awarded nearly 180 diplomas, a record total for a fall graduation at NGU.
For more information about events and resources for NGU alumni, visit ngu.edu/alumni.php.
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