Ready, Set, Graduate! workshops prepare upperclassmen

By Jaylene Guevara

Cal Poly Pomona held its annual Ready, Set, Graduate! grad workshops on Jan. 12 and Thursday, which took place in the Bronco Student Center.

The workshops help students obtain a better understanding about the graduation process and the requirements in order to participate in Commencement. The Registrar’s Office, Commencement Committee, Alumni Affairs and Associated Students, Inc. sponsor and present the annual workshop.

Since there are three departments that sponsor and present the workshop, each one of them covers different topics within their expertise.

“The Registrar’s Office gives all the policies and procedures,” said Associate Registrar Dora Lee. “The Commencement Committee presents on Commencement and gives the information about when the dates are and when the grad fair is. We top off the workshop with the alumni, and they come and talk about the events that are set up for spring quarter in addition to talking about the benefits of becoming an alumni.”

Lee expressed her gratitude towards ASI and its help with the workshop.

“We went to ASI, and now we have a partnership, so we can have larger rooms for our workshop,” said Lee. “It allows us to have it in a room that is more accessible to students versus having it in a classroom that students may not know where the classroom may be. Overall, teaming up with ASI also helps with marketing to students. When ASI sponsors something, it is so much more visible.”

There have been graduation workshops for the past four years at CPP. The grad workshop is offered twice in the fall and winter and once during spring. Students can attend the spring workshop on April 5 at noon in the BSC at Ursa Major AB.

“The grad workshop has been going on for four years,” said Lee. “It was something that was brought to my attention that students are not fully aware of the graduation process and the difference between graduation and commencement.”

Juniors and seniors with 130 to 160 units received email notifications about the workshop and are encouraged to come. The workshops do not require registration.

There is a pretest given to students once they check in, and they take it while they are waiting for the workshop to start.

“I like to give the pretest just to get an idea about what the students know at that point of entry because it helps us design the workshop,” said Lee.

Lee expressed the importance of attending the grad workshop in order for students, staff and faculty to avoid confusion. Lee simply wants everyone at CPP to have a pleasant experience.

“We have been collecting a variety of different anecdotes and comments from students, staff and faculty in regards to their confusion,” said Lee. “So obviously there was a knowledge gap, and we wanted to close that gap. We created this workshop in response to the growing need for more information.”

This year’s workshops saw many students, as the seats were filled and students were engaged throughout the workshop. Towards the end of the workshop, students were able to ask questions that they were unsure about.

“I thought the workshop was very helpful,” said fourth-year animal health science student Olivia Pham. “I would highly recommend other students to attend.”

Another student also enjoyed the workshop and was glad that she attended.

“I think it was a good learning experience,” said fourth-year animal health science student Cristie Gaudet. “I am glad I found time to come to the workshop this quarter because it helped me learn more about the rules and specific deadlines.”

Overall, students seemed to appreciate an in-person explanation of the deadlines, rules and events.

“There are different types of learners,” said Theresa Navar-Rodriguez. “I think a lot of people like that we can explain to them in person as we go through the presentation, and it is more interactive. It can be more helpful for students instead of having them read a paper or email.”

Ready, Set, Graduate!

Elaine Deleon / The Poly Post

Ready, Set, Graduate!

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