Students Prepare for Graduation Season

By Dallas Cameron

Wed May 3, 2017

]May is a month of the year that many people seem to enjoy the most. The “showers” of April have usually passed by and the spring season is in full swing as sounds of songbirds soaring through the sky fill the ears of the people.

SFA's Spring Graduation is May 13, 2017.

SFA’s Spring Graduation is May 13, 2017.

The seniors of SFA have similar feelings when it comes to the spring time but they are faced with one huge question that lingers in their minds from the start of the school year, “What to do after graduating?”

For these SFA seniors, the month of May represents a bevy of emotions. With spring graduation right around the corner, many SFA seniors are experiencing a feeling of relief as their college campaign slowly comes to an end, but also a sense of worry and anxiety as their graduation came sooner than expected and they don’t know where to go next.

SFA Senior CJ Williams, opened up about his upcoming graduation and his thoughts about the days following.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time here at SFA,” Williams said. “It sucks that I have to leave, but what sucks even more is that I am not entirely sure what I am going to do after I walk across the stage. I want to go be a men’s basketball coach someday but I really don’t know where to start.”

Not all students are wondering what their next step will be. With graduation right around the corner there are students still trying to see where to head to next, but there are also some students who are way ahead of the ball and who know exactly what follows after graduation. Alia Looman, a junior at the SFA Nursing School talked about her plans after graduation.

“College has been fun but it is time for me to move on with my life,” Looman said. “I am so excited to be graduating next year. My plans are to work in a hospital in Houston when I get out. I will miss my friends but SFA it’s been real!”

Career Development

SFA has a number of resources for their senior students to help them with their transition from the college life to the working world. The Center for Career and Professional Development, otherwise known as the CCPD, is a place where students can find such resources and get tips to point them in the right direction to jumpstart their working careers.

According to their site, the Center for Career and Professional Development’s mission is “to empower students and alumni to achieve life-long career success.” The CCPD strives to complete this mission “through individualized assistance, diverse career development programs, and collaboration with both internal and external partners concentrated on career goal achievements.”

The CCPD offers lots of services such as job searches, resume critique, mock interviews and workshops. For more information on the CCPD visit their website at www.sfasu.edu/ccpd/.

Alia Looman standing outside the nursing school at SFASU.

Alia Looman standing outside the nursing school at SFASU.

Looman has taken advantage of these offered services. Looman talked about how the CCPD has helped her as she has worked to build a resume for after she graduates and applies for jobs.

“The CCPD really helped me with my resume,” Looman said. “I brought in an outline and we went step by step with different formatting techniques and alignment. Now I have an official resume!”

Graduation Schedule

This spring graduation will take place at the William R. Johnson Coliseum on campus right off of University Drive. The graduation commencement is split up in two graduation ceremonies with the students graduating from the College of Education and Fine Arts walking the stage starting at 9:00 am. The rest of the graduates will start their commencement at 2:00 pm. For more information on SFA visit their school site at www.sfasu.edu. For more information about the upcoming spring graduation, visit http://www.sfasu.edu/registrar/199.asp. Reporting for SFASYou, this is Dallas Cameron.

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