First Grad Fair at FCC

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Photo by: Julie Chavez

Students approach the Jostens cap and gown booth. The grad fair was an opportunity to check out the prices of caps and gowns.

Story By: Julie Chavez, Reporter

Fresno City College held its first-ever Grad Fair on March 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Free Speech Area in front of the bookstore. 

The fair was put together in order to give students graduating this spring the opportunity to check out prices on caps, gowns, class rings and apply for graduation celebrations held on campus. 

The concept of a Grad Fair was widely supported by representatives at each booth because it creates one place for students to get information about graduation. 

The most popular booth at the fair was Jostens; the company is known for selling caps and gowns as well as custom class rings and sashes. At this booth, students were able to try on the cap and gown and then go purchase them in FCC’s bookstore. 

Almost all of the representatives at the booths felt it was unfortunate Grad Fair was held on a Friday, when only a few students were on campus resulting in low attendance. 

Representatives of the booths are very hopeful that FCC will continue hosting the event in the future. 

Tchay Her, a counselor at FCC, said she is “sure they will do it again next year but they will probably select a different day and time. Maybe on a Wednesday or Thursday, when there are actually more students.” 

Also at the Grad Fair were some FCC faculty and staff members who were signing students up for the African American Graduates Celebration, Latino Graduation Celebration and Asian Pacific Islanders Celebration Of Success. 

 Monique Kelley, a member of the African American Faculty and Staff Association, said she came out to Grad Fair not to only promote the African American Graduates Celebration but also because she “loves to hear the students’ excitement about completing their degree and knowing what they are majoring in and what their next step is.”