Sending off the graduating class of 2015 with a bang

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With three weeks left in the winter semester, students in the 2015 graduating class are nearing the end of their academic career with Brock University. However, the BUAA encourages these soon-to-be alums to learn how to stay connected to their University roots by attending the first inaugural Grad Send-off, taking place on March 30.

Hosted by the Brock University Alumni Association (BUAA), this event is intended to celebrate the achievements of all graduates in every faculty, highlighting the benefits of being a Brock graduate.

“Many students are not aware of these advantages,” said Christine Richards, Alumni Relations Officer. “For example, Brock alumni have access to career services, the Brock library and mentorship opportunities for life. Graduates even receive discounts on home and auto insurance, credit card rates and a discounted membership at the Zone. The list of benefits goes on.”

“We are here to show you what’s in it for you. With your Alumni card, which you will receive after convocation, you can save money with various businesses, as well as receive career and resume coaching. It’s really a win-win for all students,” she added.

During the Grad Send-off, information booths will be set up in Isaac’s Bar & Grill for students to receive free swag and extra resources. Students will also be given the opportunity to mix and mingle with other outgoing students, as well as network with many Brock alumni, including Sport Management graduate (BSM ’07) and Assistant General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Kyle Dubas. Representatives from various network committees that Brock is a part of will also be in attendance to guide students in transitioning from the academic to the professional sphere.

Other noteworthy opportunities that will take place throughout the event include:

  • Complimentary photos in an official Brock University convocation gown with your friends and Boomer
  • Complimentary LinkedIn profile headshots
  • BUAA reserve wine tasting
  • Complimentary BBQ from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. for those who pre-register

Though this is the first year that the BUAA are hosting an event such as this, they hope that it will encourage students to become more engaged with the association.

“Everyone is free to come and go for as long as they want during the event. We hope that both graduating and current students will stop by to see us. We want everyone to know that the transition from being a student to an alumnus is exciting and we want them to celebrate,” said Richards.

The Grad Send-off will be hosted in Isaac’s Bar & Grill exclusively for the 2015 graduating class from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. The event will be open to the public from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Students who pre-register will be entered into a draw for a chance to win Toronto Maple Leaf tickets, an iPad mini or a Blackberry Playbook. Register now at brocku.ca/alumni and stay connected by following @BrockAlumni on Twitter.

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