By Marie Sullins
The Distinguished Graduates Program highlights an outstanding student nominated from each college program.
Diane Cruz, acting coordinator of student success, said this year, there are 54 distinguished graduates.
This year’s reception honoring the Distinguished Graduates is 3 p.m.-4 p.m. May 8 in Koehler Cultural Center, 310 W. Ashby Place.
“We wanted to make sure that we had enough room and everybody would be comfortable where they were,” she said.
The office of student academic success facilitates the process for Distinguished Graduates, she said.
Nominations for Distinguished Graduates were submitted Jan. 17 by programs choosing to participate in the program.
This year the biography for distinguished graduates has not been completed yet, Cruz said.
At this time there have not been any new changes discussed by the graduation committee for the program, Cruz said.
There will be a survey conducted at the end of the semester to collect feedback from Distinguished Graduates about the program.
“I think sometimes people may be reluctant to come and say ‘You know, you may want to change this,’” Cruz said.
Cruz hopes by creating an anonymous survey students will be encouraged to provide feedback for future Distinguished Graduates. “We don’t always know if we’re doing a good job,” she said.
Last year, Distinguished Graduates were required to do an original project to promote graduation and some students struggled with it, Cruz said.
This year, the project is an option instead of a requirement.