PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – As the Fall Semester nears an end, many students are about to reach the pinnacle of their academic careers by receiving a college diploma. However, the parties and celebrations that follow the pomp and circumstance quickly subside after a few days and in many instances the graduate’s cap and gown are placed in storage or discarded entirely. Owens Community College’s Student Government is encouraging past college and university graduates to help future graduating classes by donating their garb to those less fortunate as part of a Graduation Donation Program.
Beginning Monday, Nov. 19, Owens’ Student Government will accept a variety of new and gently used caps and gowns. The Graduation Donation Program drive will run through Dec. 14. Collected caps and gowns will be available for Owens graduating students to use during Fall Commencement for a $10 deposit, while supplies last, as part of the Student Government outreach program. Interested graduates can pick up their cap and gown in the College’s Student Health and Activities Center Room 165 on the Toledo-area Campus in Perrysburg Township starting Nov. 19.
“Owens Community College’s Student Government sees the cap and gown collection program as a great opportunity for college and university graduates to give back by donating their cap and gown to those less fortunate students,” said Marlissa Nordhaus, Owens Student Government Vice President. “We want to make sure that the last thing students need to worry about on their special day is having enough money for a cap and gown.”
According Nordhaus, the Owens Student Government is accepting donated caps and gowns of all colors from other colleges and universities as they do not have to be Owens’ traditional cap and gown commencement color of black.
“We intend to work with area colleges and universities and provide them with the donated caps and gowns to assist their own students,” she stated.
Owens has set up a collection points on both the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. Area residents can drop off their caps and gowns on the Toledo-area Campus at the Student Health and Activities Center Room 165. On the Findlay-area Campus, the collection point is in the College’s Student Services Center.
The College’s Student Government is comprised of individuals who serve as the student body voice on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. Balancing their time between school and work, Student Government members are constantly initiating new projects and events that cater to the interests of Owens’ student body.
For more information about the collection drive, or to donate, call (567) 661-2569 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 2569.
Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.