December 20th marked the day that hundreds of College of Business Administration students had eagerly been waiting for the last four years—graduation. Dressed in their caps and gowns, more than 400 seniors walked the floor of the Pharmed Arena while family and friends cheered on enthusiastically.
Graduates were surprised to find the merriment continued after they exited the arena doors—a tent with a DJ and complimentary drinks and appetizers. This year, the College, together with the Business Alumni Chapter, hosted the first ever post-graduation party welcoming graduates to the business alumni family.
Business Alumni Chapter student representatives Kenneth Rojas and Bill Wilson, worked throughout the fall semester to organize the reception.
“We wanted to provide a venue for graduates, family, friends, and professors to commemorate this exciting occasion,” said Maria Arguello, special events planner for the college.
“It was a great opportunity for graduates to learn how they can stay connected, network, and grow in their careers by becoming involved with the Business Alumni Chapter,” said Cristina Jaramillo, marketing manager for the college’s Office of Alumni and Partner Relations.
The Business Alumni Chapter hosts a variety of events throughout the year including professional development lectures, a CEO speaker series, and networking events. Recent graduates can join both the FIU Alumni Association and the Business Alumni Chapter for a special rate of $10.
The event marks the beginning of a tradition for the college,” said Wilson. The reception was so well received by graduates that the college plans to host a reception following each upcoming graduation ceremony.