100 Days Until Graduation

Students Travis Welsh (left) and Kim Yan (right), pose for photos in front of the “Graduation is ALL THAT!” banner at the 100 Days Until Graduation event held in the Tate Student Center Grand Hall, in Athens, Ga., on Jan. 30, 2014. (Photo/Taylor Renner, tayrenn@uga.edu)

University of Georgia seniors are 100 days away from getting their turn to walk under the Arch, and to celebrate this, the UGA Student Alumni Association has put together an event called 100 Days ‘Til Graduation, where seniors can take care of all things graduation.

Starting on Tuesday, Jan. 23 in Memorial Hall, seniors can go by and pick up caps and gowns, have some snacks and browse the resources available to students graduating in May. The celebration will continue through Wednesday, Jan. 24.

Hilary Hilgers, alumni student engagement coordinator and an adviser for the student alumni council, said the UGA Student Alumni Association hosts this event annually to give seniors an opportunity to take care of all their pre-graduation tasks.

“Seniors will be able to get items such as cap and gowns, have their graduation photos taken, learn more about their Alumni Chapter based on where they move to after graduation, interact with their Schools and Colleges, purchase a class Ring and celebrate their last semester at UGA,” said Hilgers in an email.

Seniors are given the opportunity to have a professional portrait taken, try on UGA rings and donate to Class of 2018 Senior Signature Campaign to guarantee that their name is on the class of 2018 Senior Signature plaque in the Tate Student Center.

Students who place an order for a ring during this event will also be extended the invitation to attend the official UGA Ring Ceremony on April 14. Commencement invitations and diploma frames will also be available for purchase during these two days.

The event has been around for at least a decade, Hilgers said.

Free food, music, games and prizes are offered to seniors at this event to ring in their last 100 days before graduating.

The SAC has had several students planning the two-day senior celebration. Hilgers said she has worked with Sarah Howard, Noah Barnes, Nash Davis and Braxton Ballard to put this event together.

“They have all put so much of their time into planning and execution of this event – it has been so fun working with them and watching them grow as leaders through the SAC organization,” said Hilgers in an email.

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