By Vince Roberts
The time has come for college seniors everywhere to put down their pencils and put on their caps and gowns. The culmination of years of hard work is finally paying off and learned men and women will gather together to be honored by their professors, peers and family for the completion of their degrees.
Tradition dictates that colleges and universities worldwide honor the achievements of their students, which have cleared the hurdles of college life and are now graduating. For some students though, this ceremony can be a costly endeavor.
“It’s a bit expensive,” senior Jhalak Patel said. She is one of many seniors across campus who has made the decision to participate in the graduation ceremony.
IUPUI has taken the steps to provide its graduates with the accommodations necessary to prepare for Commencement 2015. Like many other colleges and universities, IUPUI has opted to go through Herff Jones for their student recognition needs. IUPUI students who are eligible for graduation at the end of the spring 2015 semester have been notified via email with general commencement information as well as a link to the Herff Jones website.
Although some may consider the products of Herff Jones pricey, others say cost is not unlike high school graduation.
“Compared to high school, the prices are about the same,” senior Liz Solie said. Solie is graduating this May from the IUPUI School of Science and was not pleased with her lack of options. “I wish I had the option to not order a package.”
Students who decide to participate in the ceremony have been given a variety of options with varying costs. Those who decide to order just their cap, gown and tassel—the bare minimum—are looking at a cost of just over $50. Whereas students who would like to purchase announcements, thank you notes and envelope seals are looking to spend at least $100 more than that. Frames for diplomas and class rings are also an option to graduates but both are quite costly.
Ultimately, each student is different and will have to choose whether or not he or she feels it is worth it to pay for the cap and gown and be a part of the ceremonies. Some, like Daniel Barlow, who is a construction management major and senior in the IUPUI School of Engineering and Technology, believe that no matter the cost of graduation materials, they are worth it.
“You go to college for four years and you drop thousands of dollars,” said Barlow when asked if the prices affect his decision to participate in graduation. “It’s definitely worth it.”
The Commencement 2015 ceremonies will take place May 9 to 10.