Seniors: Time to Consider the Last Lap

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Seniors you’ve been working hard and now you’re almost to there: Graduation.
You can see the light at the end of the tunnel but you’re not done just yet. There’s still
work to be done in order to graduate smoothly. A gift from me to you, here is a quick list
of a few steps that every soon-to-be graduate might want to take note of.

  • First of all if you haven’t already talked with your degree advisor it is strongly
    recommended that you do so and a.s.a.p., things are about to get hectic. Together you need to develop a course plan, figure out however many credits you have and need in order to graduate.
  •  Apply for graduation as soon as possible and know your deadlines. The
    application is on the SOU website under enrollment and academic services (http:/ /, where deadlines, and other important information are provided. The application process isn’t too tedious but does require a certain amount of your time, not to mention there is an application fee of 75$. Get the application preferably before the noted deadline date as a precaution. Late applications are still accepted but more than likely will affect your graduation term and degree rewarding. If there is a “deficiency” in your application don’t panic, you will be contacted through your SOU email with clear directions on how to fix this little hiccup but make sure it gets done as soon as possible. If you have any changes to your degree application contact the Degree Coordinator, Erin McDowell, via email (
  • Your cap, gown, and tassel. It may be a little early for this but it’s always good
    to keep in mind. The bookstore doesn’t offer graduation apparel till early spring term but if you don’t want to buy the cap and gown ECOS (formally known as Ecology Center of the Siskiyous) located in the Stevenson Union room 105, they offer recycled gowns around the same time.
  • Lastly, keep working hard you’re almost to the finish line and within a short few months you’ll have finally made it.

So pat yourselves on the back for sticking it through, study hard, and congrats seniors.