By Layna Edington | 12/2/12 8:50pm

Congratulations, you have all made it to the last week of classes for the semester! I know this week is probably filled with papers, projects, and exams, but at least we have the holiday break to look forward to and keep us going. A number of students, including myself, will actually be graduating on Saturday. Before you check out for the semester, there is one event I think you should consider attending: the Graduate Dean’s Citations for Academic Excellence.

This year the event will be held Friday, December 7th from 5-7:30 PM in the Hager-Lubbers Exhibition Hall and Loosemore Auditorium in the Richard M. DeVos Center downtown. There will be a social hour from 5-6PM, followed by the award ceremony from 6-7:30. Students will be recognized for academic excellence in their major, as well as for excellence in a thesis or project, excellence in community and professional service, and excellence in leadership and service to GVSU. Awards for faculty include the Kimboko Inclusion award and Faculty Mentor award, presented by Graduate Student Association members.

If you want to take a break from studying this Friday evening, you’re welcome to stop by the awards ceremony tohelp us recognize your fellow graduate students here at GVSU. If you are not ready to graduate yet, the Dean’s Citations for Academic Excellence are a great reminder how important it is to try your best to excel in your program so you can be a future award recipient, and a great way to say “thank you” to the faculty members who truly inspire you and for taking their time to make a difference in your graduate education experience.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but for me, while I am really looking forward to graduating, there are still some things I will miss. The people I have met and my involvements beyond the classroom are what have really made my college experience wonderful. Good luck with final exams, papers and projects! Remember the Office of Graduate Studies is available to help with your graduate education needs.

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