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It’s that time of year when our graduating class starts counting down to the biggest day of their college career — commencement. There are precisely 51 days until graduation on May 7. And while that might sound far off, believe me, it will be here before you know it!

We’ve been hard at work planning and preparing for our 2011 commencement ceremony. I’m proud to be a part of this milestone event to recognize the accomplishments of our traditional and online undergraduate and graduate students. I look forward to seeing and congratulating all of our students from the Class of 2011 in May.

Class of 2011, bookmark our graduation page on our website

Class of 2011, bookmark our graduation page on our website

I wanted to share two exciting updates with you about our commencement planning. First off, for the second consecutive year in Post University’s 121-year history, we will be broadcasting our commencement ceremony live via video feed on our website.

In addition, we’ve created a special section on our website where all of our graduates can create a graduate profile and share their Graduate Stories.

We realize that not everyone will be able to make it to our Waterbury campus for the ceremony. So we hope our students who are not able to travel to campus this year will join us for our live feed to share in our undergraduate graduation. Gather your family and friends and watch together!

To attend graduation virtually, go to our new graduation page on our website and press the play button. Although the ceremony doesn’t officially begin until 11 a.m., feel free to login a few minutes early so you can watch the processional.

The names of all our graduates will scroll along the bottom of the screen in a continuous loop. To make sure all graduates who want to watch graduation have the opportunity to do so, please remember to close your Internet browser when you are finished watching.

We’re also offering Commemorative 2011 Undergraduate Commencement DVDs, which will feature the entire ceremony. It’s a great keepsake, especially if you aren’t able to record graduation yourself. You can buy yours now to reserve your copy. They’ll be on sale through May 23.

But, you don’t have to wait until commencement to celebrate all of your hard work and accomplishments. You can do it now! We’re inviting all of our December 2010 and May 2011 graduates to share their Graduate Story on our graduation page.

We developed Graduate Stories as a place for you to leave a bit of yourself with Post University, your graduating class, and future generations of students.

You can create a profile page with your photo and information on why you chose Post University, your most memorable Post University experience, your graduation plans, and more.

You can also share a “My Post University Story” video. Grab a camera and talk about your favorite thing about being a Post University student, your plans for the future, or anything else you want to share about your experience at Post University and what it has meant to you.

You have unique and exciting personal stories, and I hope we can share in them as part of the Post University family. Even though you spend just a few years of your lives with Post, you’ll always be a part of the Post University family. And that’s very special.

If you’re a graduating student and would like to submit your Graduate Story, go to our Graduate Stories tab on our graduation page. Please submit your profile and/or video by April 18. Graduate Stories will go live about a week before commencement, so you can learn about some of your fellow graduates and share your own story with family and friends.

This is a very exciting time for the Class of 2011, and I am delighted to share it with you. We’ll be posting more commencement news and updates on our blog, Twitter page, and Facebook page as May 7 approaches.

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