This blog was written by Chris Kelly, associate vice president for university marketing and communication. You can follow him on Twitter at @Grillaguy1.
It’s no secret that I’m a proud graduate of Pittsburg State University. I love being able to call myself a Gorilla and feel blessed to be able to work at “my” university.
But I have a bit of a secret that I’d like to tell you. I don’t really remember my undergraduate commencement ceremony.
Oh, I graduated (even have the diploma on the wall), but I don’t really remember everything that happened that day.
All I remember is experiencing a wonderful feeling of relief. This was immediately followed by a sense of panic when I thought about getting a “real world” job.
I wish I would have taken just a bit more time to look around on graduation day. It really is a special day, especially for Gorillas.
However, if you attend a PSU graduation, you’ll witness something you probably won’t see at other universities.
Our faculty will enter the arena first, but they won’t sit down.
Instead they will line the processional runway and wait for their students to enter the arena.
You’ll see plenty of hand-shakes, high fives and probably a few hugs from faculty as students walk through the line.
After students take their seats, our faculty will sit directly behind them on the main floor. It’s a small gesture, but it reflects the focus we place on our students.
Pittsburg State takes pride in providing its students with personal attention and support throughout their academic career. This is true in the classroom, in the community and, as you’ll witness, during commencement.
They challenged their students, instilled knowledge within them and helped prepare them to make a difference in the world.
Congratulations graduates, and look out world because … “Here come the Gorillas!”