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… we’ll wish the graduating class of 2008 continued success…

… see what high school juniors and seniors are buzzing about…

… and raise the roof -- to shelter communities in need…

Each spring College of DuPage welcomes high school juniors and seniors and their parents to learn more about everything COD has to offer. Whether they are seeking a degree, a certificate, plan to transfer, or are still undecided but understand the importance of continuing their education, at Junior/Senior Night they can find out the best ways to reach their goals. Rebecca Portwood mingled with the college-minded high-schoolers to get their impressions of “What’s the Buzz” at COD.

You might think that college would be the last thing on the mind of a fifth grader. Robert Nichols, Director of Articulation and Educational Partnerships, is determined to change that. In the fall of 2007, Robert launched a pilot project designed to be a bridge program for students from elementary school through completion of a four year degree. Proof of the program’s instant success: hundreds of children from surrounding communities visit College of DuPage to view firsthand what exciting challenges and opportunities exist when pursuing higher education. Robert’s initiative gives fifth graders the chance to “Dare to Dream” of their futures.

The Gulf Coast is still recovering from extensive damage caused by three hurricanes in 2005 that devastated communities such as D’Iberville, Mississippi. College of DuPage’s Field and Experiential Learning Program organizes volunteer trips to assist in the rebuilding process. Students learn new skills and experience social healing. They fortify their own sense of community service while swinging hammers – and positive change.

Graduation is a time of celebration – to honor achievement, and look forward to the future. Students, with the support of their family and friends, gathered at the annual commencement ceremony, to recognize accomplishment before continuing their travels down paths paved by learning and experience at College of DuPage. Join us in congratulating the 41st group of students to receive well-earned degrees and certificates: the class of 2008.