For graduating seniors, University’s Grad Fair may be just the ticket

Eric Reed and Eric Reed

Graduating seniors know there is just over a month left. Many of these seniors eagerly cross off each day that brings them closer to the day they get to say goodbye to the University. To help facilitate the graduating process, the University Bookstore is holding its 14th Grad Fair today from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Union’s Multipurpose Room. ‘The Grad Fair is done as a convenience to grads so they can get everything they need and not have to make multiple trips,’ said Wendy Schortgen, assistant merchandise manager for the University Bookstore. The Grad Fair also offers students a 20 percent discount on grad packs, which contain items such as a cap and gown, a tassel, 20 announcements and other graduation-related items. Students can also pick up their graduation tickets at the Grad Fair. ‘We’re giving away four sets of three extra graduation tickets this year,’ Schortgen said. If students feel lost walking into the Grad Fair, they have no need to worry. ‘I’ll be sitting at the first table,’ said Pam Oler, general trade supervisor for the University Bookstore. ‘I’m the first face they see when they walk in, and it’s my job to make sure they know how to navigate around the fair.’ Besides graduation essentials, the Grad Fair will also be offering some other items at a discount. ‘This year we’re offering a lot of alumni stuff at a discount. Usually it’s just like a sweatshirt or two, but this year we’re bringing up a lot of stuff,’ Eckert said. Sarah Eckert, a student manager at the University Bookstore, is looking forward to working the Grad Fair but is even more excited about something else. ‘I’m thrilled to be graduating,’ she said.