The radiant sun and warmth calling attention to the impending summer months could not outshine the excitement of Clayton State students nearing their graduation at the Senior Crossing & Toast on April 17. Sponsored by the Alumni Association, soon-to-be alumni who made a $20 gift to the Senior Class Gift campaign received their orange tassel to wear at commencement, as well as a welcome to the Alumni Association by currently active members.
Ceremonially crossing the bridge over Swan Lake between the James M. Baker University Center and Spivey Hall, forty seniors were greeted with cheers and congratulatory handshakes by members of the Clayton State Alumni Board and Young Alumni Council. The crossing of the bridge served to symbolize seniors crossing from student to alumni and taking the next step in their lifelong relationship with Clayton State.
After the crossing, students and alumni joined for a reception with hors d’oeuvres and drinks in the lobby of Spivey Hall. While mingling and networking, alumni staff and volunteers began distributing sparkling juice to the crowd in advance of the highlight of the evening.
Once everyone had received their drink, Director of Alumni Engagement Michael Little addressed the group, thanking them for their attendance and especially for their gift to the Senior Class Gift.
“Your gift truly makes an impact. There will be students walking across the stage with you at commencement who would not have been able to do so without the gifts of past senior classes,” Little said.
Alumni Board President Crystal Billingslea ’11 then spoke, highlighting the importance of the Alumni Association and that each of the seniors should maintain their relationship with Clayton State.
“You will leave Clayton State with great memories as a student, and we hope you will continue to maintain that positive relationship as alumni.”
Billingslea continued, “There are many ways you can stay involved, whether it’s attending Alumni Weekend, Homecoming, or other social events, mentoring a current student, volunteering in the community or on campus, or giving back financially.”
Billingslea then raised her glass and with a “Here’s to you,” toasted the seniors on their upcoming graduation and their future success.