• Katie O'Neal | Staff Writer

Graduation checklist

Graduation is quickly approaching, and there are certain requirements seniors need to make sure they have completed along with some last minute exploring of Milledgeville before they walk across the stage.

At a minimum, every degree requires 120 hours and 39 credits at the upper division level.

“These are things that can be found on Degree Works, so I would encourage every senior to review their degree works,” said Karen Higgs, an academic advisor.

Once the graduation application is completed and the registrar’s office has reviewed it, seniors need to check their emails from the registrar’s office. They hold graduation fairs where seniors will be able to pick up their cap and gown which is ordered through the bookstore.

At this point in the year, all seniors should have already met with their academic advisor and completed a graduation application. There is a $45 application fee that can be paid through the registrar’s website.

Every major has some type of capstone or senior exit requirement. Whether it is a test that is administered through the testing center, a research presentation or a culminating internship experience, these should be settled. It is important for every senior to know what their specific degree requires in terms of the exit requirement.

Tickets for the spring ceremony must be picked up from the registrar’s office. Seniors also need to make sure they have the correct address on file, so their diploma will be mailed to the correct destination. Seniors can check their addresses in PAWS under “Personal Information.”

Prior to graduating, seniors should have also completed all four legislative requirements. Completing all your requirements brings you one step closer to the cap and gown and the life that comes after graduation, including a future career.

“If you are student who is planning to find a job, and you have not started that process yet, then you need to start it ASAP,” said Dwayne Peterson, assistant director of career development. “It can take six to nine months to find a job.”

Seniors need to schedule their senior check-in appointment with the Career Center. A career advisor can meet with seniors to discuss and find a focus. Seniors also need to write and update their resume. Resumes can be picked up at the Career Center or downloaded from the Resource Library in Career Connection.

Seniors should meet with a career advisor to review their resumes and plan for job interviews, internships or graduate school, depending on the path the senior chooses to take.

“Search strategy, resume [and] cover letter writing and interviewing skills will equip a student very well going into the job market,” Peterson said.

Before going to job interviews, seniors should have a professional wardrobe. They should also practice their interview skills with a mock interview at the Career Center.

The Career Center offers multiple career fairs. The next career fair is April 18 in Atlanta with 168 employers.

Despite all of the academic requirements needed to graduate, senior Lindsi Burton, a special education major, said she thinks it is important to be present and make sure you do all you wanted to do while in college.

“At some point, everyone should get in the fountain and do homework on front campus,” Burton said. “Definitely spend as much time on front campus.”

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