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From the Vice President

Boise State Grads Ring a Bell for Commitment

It’s time for spring commencement and as the tassels turn, grads must choose if—and how—they stay in relationship with the university.

Why is it so important for grads to stay connected to Boise State?

Professional and personal growth is bolstered by affiliation. Being in a community of peers is empowering to recent graduates seeking career connections, networks, and opportunities shared through a peer community. In fact, our research shows that Boise State alumni are particularly interested in career-related alumni opportunities.

Newly formed bonds are strengthened. In commitment to a fraternity or sorority or through community service and outreach projects, students find strong connections to organizations that they wish to keep strong well beyond college years. Staying connected allows relationships and service opportunities to continue.

We know that Broncos feel the deepest connection to their academic schools, colleges and programs (and to Bronco football)! In keeping these connections, the learning process, and the Bronco pride, continues.

One very simple way for graduates to keep ties to the university is by joining the  Boise State Alumni Association. Encouraging grads to take this step is important because membership is not automatic, and it supports the university and its alumni in multiple ways. You can say “congratulations” to your favorite graduate with a gift of membership.

Very soon, alumni will have a wonderful place to call home. The new Alumni and Friends Center will be a place to build upon long-standing traditions, encourage the rekindling of lifelong friendships, provide alumni programs and services, ignite school spirit and create future memories. A lasting way for graduates to commemorate their years at Boise State, and for supporters to congratulate them, is to engrave a brick for the courtyard of the new Alumni and Friends Center.

It’s a new Boise State tradition at commencement to ring the “Bell of Excellence” signifying the transition from student to alumni life, and a commitment to carrying on excellence in support of the university. I look forward to watching this custom take hold and welcome the class of 2015 to the growing family of Boise State alumni.

Laura C. Simic is vice president for advancement at Boise State University.

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