Graduation Day Made Easier for UCF Students

December 22, 2011

Graduating from college has always been an exciting time for any student, but it can also bring with it a lot of stress. While fretting over final exams and whether or not there are enough credits to graduate, students also have to make sure they prepare for the graduation ceremony and all that that entails.

The Barnes & Noble University of Central Florida (UCF) bookstore has come up with a time-saving, stress-busting way to eliminate those worries by hosting a graduation fair in the on-campus store. With spring graduation a short five months away, the fair is held in February to ensure all students will be ready for the big day. The one-stop shopping experience allows students to order their UCF graduation regalia (cap, gown, tassels and hoods), commencement tickets, announcements, diploma frames, and school rings – all in one spot – at the same time.

“Basically, this eliminates the extra paperwork and ensures that students are getting everything they need for graduation day,” said Barnes & Noble regional manager Jennifer Russell. “We took a lot of the stress out of ordering graduation regalia and made it a very special event for the students.”

A section of the store is cordoned off for the graduation fair and decorated with black and gold balloons – the school colors. Graduation gowns and class rings are on display for prospective graduates to see exactly what they are ordering. A bank of self-service computers is also set up for students to easily place their orders online while store employees and representatives from Herff Jones, the official UCF graduation gown retailer, are there to answer any questions and give assistance if needed.

The excitement and energy that Barnes & Noble brings to college and university campuses begins with our in-store initiatives. These programs focus on engaging students through campus events, like graduation, and help us to connect with our campus communities and keep the bookstore at the center of campus life.

Barnes & Noble is proud to partner with the University of Central Florida. We operate more than 630 campus bookstores across the United States for such prestigious institutions as Harvard, Yale, Indiana University, and Georgia Tech, including 28 in the state of Florida.

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