Winter commencement at hand for ESU

Commencement exercises are coming Saturday for students at Emporia State University.
Registrar Elaine Henrie, who is retiring after Saturday's ceremonies, says over 280 undergraduates and almost 250 graduate students will walk their respective stages. She calls this a joyous time for all involved.
As has been the case now for years, activities for undergraduates will take place at White Auditorium beginning at 9:30 am. Graduate degrees will be conferred at Albert Taylor Hall starting at 2 pm.
Graduation comes shortly after ESU received two major grant for its TRIO program. TRIO is receiving almost $1.2 million to establish a McNair Scholars program along with $1.3 million for Upward Bound. On the ESU Buzz with President Allison Garrett, Dr. Shanna Eggers said this will provide a lot of support for students considering doctoral degrees.
The McNair Scholars program is helping 25 eligible first-year students get research skills and experience needed to attend doctoral programs. Upward Bound will use the grant money to work with 60 eligible students from Emporia and Northern Heights, with the ultimate goal of graduation from a postsecondary program for those students.
TRIO programs are federal outreach and student services program dedicated to find and offer services for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
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