7 ways to have a successful graduation day
With all the excitement of heading to Glendale, Ariz., for the big University of Phoenix National Commencement Ceremonies, don’t forget to take time to think about the details of the day. According to event coordinator and alumna Irene Blundell, people travel from around the world to celebrate their accomplishments, and a little forethought can go a long way toward guaranteeing that the day is a success. Read on for helpful tips on how to navigate University of Phoenix Stadium:
1. Plan ahead.
Email your learning team members in advance and set up a place to meet at commencement. You’ll also want to set up meet-and-greets with advisors and other students you’ve met along the way. Don’t expect to find them in the crowds.
2. Factor in the heat.
“Remember that it is summertime in Phoenix, so don’t worry about wearing your gown until the ceremony is about to begin. Water will also be available once the doors at the entrance open,” Blundell says, adding that the stadium itself has air-conditioning.
3. Ask for help if you need it.
Try to arrive early to get a good parking spot — it is a big stadium, home to an NFL team. If you don’t, though, you can flag down a golf cart to take you to the entrance.
4. Don’t miss a thing.
Check in at one of the photo booths, where you can share your story. Then hit the Herff Jones booth for class rings and graduate apparel. Don’t forget to stop by the Alumni Association table to purchase items and pick up free materials.
5. Share the experience with everyone you care about.
Tell friends and family who can’t join you about the live streaming video they can watch on phoenix.edu. They can also send you personal texts through the University website on June 29 and 30 that will show up on the big screen for all to see.
6. Capture the important moments.
Have your guests ready to take your picture when your name appears on the big screen. A lot of names will be called, Blundell says, so ask your loved ones to pay attention to preserve the moment forever.
7. Stay for the New Alumni Reception.
Join the rest of the 2012 graduating class — many of whom will have flown in from other states and countries — in a toast with light food and refreshments. The University deans, faculty and alumni will be on hand to congratulate you, and your family and friends are welcome to join in the celebration.
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