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18 Things to do Before you Graduate

In less than two months, exactly 59 days, you will be a 2018 college graduate wishing for one last chance to quench the thirst of your college youth.

Fret not! Here are 18 things you can do before your graduate. GO!












First stop: Pick up your cap and gown in the Hall of Honors.Visit to order by 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, March 21, 2018. 












​Sandy the Therapy Dog will be on hand to greet all who are in the library to study, relax, or meet with friends between classes. Come to the library balcony from 1 to 4 p.m. on Mondays during the Spring 2018 semester. A special thanks to Steve Hyzny, University Lecturer, for bringing Sandy to us.












Located in the Jaguar Den, the Career Closet provides students access to free professional and business casual attire appropriate for career fairs, interviews, and the workplace. Its hours of operation are 10 a.m. to  5 p.m. on weekdays.












Share all the good news about graduation on social media with the hashtag #GovStateGrad.












If you plan on going to graduate school, make sure you get a letter of recommendation from your professors and submit all the necessary application documents on time. Don't forget to check for scholarships being offered by the GSU Foundation & Alumni Association.












Make one last stop at the Office of Career Services for tips on your resume, cover letter, and job search strategies.












Step on the court of the GSU Jaguars men's basketball team who made history when they won the regular season  and post-season of the 2018 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference.












Capture a memory with ever smiling, always helpful Nancy Maurer from Student Central at the D-Building Entrance. Don't forget to post it and tag us:  #GovStateGrad.












If you need some fresh air, take a stroll through the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park. Start with learning about "Oscar", one of 29 installations, on a free  Otocast app available on Google Play and in the Apple  Store. 












Are you experiencing anxiety about graduation? Visit the Interfaith Prayer and Meditation Room, A1115, to seek your Zen.












You bring the talent, we got the mic! Open Mic Night is an open forum for poets, spoken word artists, singers, musicians or anyone who has profound thoughts to share. Your last chance to rock the mic this semester is March 29, in the Lakeside Lounge from 6 to 7:30 pm. Be there!












Did you know that Governors State University is home to traveling shows and  student artwork? Stop by the Visual Arts Gallery and see Kenneth Johnson's "I am Englewood" through May 22. 












Stop by the Book Store and pick up some GSU Jaguar gear. In 20 years, you'll be glad you did!












No one knows the GSU student experience more than you—the senior. Share your wisdom with a  junior.












Visit GSU's world-class theater one last time before you go. Explore a girl's perspective on love and loss in  "For colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is euf," which will run April 5 through 7. On April 21, experience a new genre of music at  "The Blues Hip Hop Experience."  Remember, students get discounted tickets for just $10. 












Buy your favorite book at the Used Book section from the GSU Library balcony.












Dubbed French Fries, the Illinois Landscape No. 5 was commissioned by the GSU Foundation with assistance from the National Endowment for the Arts.












Throw up your hands and exhale by the lake—you did it. You're graduating, and that is a feat worthy of celebrating. Congratulations, Class of 2018!