A wave of excitement and relief flooded the California State University, Northridge Campus Store at the annual GradFest event on March 15 and 16, as students rented their caps and gowns, purchased diploma frames and got one step closer to graduation.
The event also allowed students to order commencement flowers, try on class rings, enter prize contests and sign up to become members of the CSUN Alumni Association, which gives students a number of benefits and career services. Numerous students started their tradition of giving back to CSUN by donating to the Senior Class Gift. This year’s gift will provide funds for the CSUN Food Pantry, MataCare Fund and Alumni Relations programs.
“It’s so exciting to be here,” said Sevan Akian, a business management major. “Gradfest feels like the beginning of the end to my college experience.”
Many students, like Akian, received valuable advice when first coming to CSUN that helped carry them throughout their time as Matadors.
“During my freshman year, my friend told me to take college seriously because it’s only four or five years of your life,” Akian said. “Once you get your degree you can do whatever you want.”
With commencement now close, many near-CSUN alumni had words of wisdom for the next wave of graduates.
“It’s OK to stay home on the weekends to do homework and study,” said business law major Erica Stepanian. “Enjoy the ride, [college] goes by faster than you think.”
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