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Grayson College held a University Day Thursday morning in the Student Life Center on campus. Numerous universities from nearby and afar were represented. The large group of students in the middle of the photo were receiving information from the Full Sail University of Winter Park, Florida.
Often students in their last two years of high school spend some time in the spring of their junior year touring college campuses. Thursday some area high school students got the opportunity to visit with several schools at one shot at Grayson College. GC hosted a university day for high school students and Grayson College students looking to transfer.
Grayson students stopped by the event, held in the student Life Center, in between class. Area high school students toured Grayson College and attended the event as part of their tour. A bright sunny day allowed high school students and their teachers to linger outside while taking in the sites at Grayson. One such student was Tiffany Flanagan, a senior at Whitewright.
Flanagan said she has already chosen Grayson as the place she will start her higher education. “I am just going to get my two years and then go to a bigger school.” She said cost was an important part of her decision as was the fact that Grayson College is close to home. Several students listed economics as a reason they either had chosen Grayson as their first stop after high school or were strongly considering it.
Grayson College President Jeremy McMillen visited with students, both his and those from high schools, in the Life Center. He said hundreds of high school students were expected to take part Thursday in the Grayson tour and the University Day activities.
Getting students out to Grayson is always a plus, McMillen said, and letting them see a path to continue on with their education after Grayson is another plus. There were dozens of four-year schools on hand to help students see how they can take what they learn at Grayson College and move forward.
One of those universities was Texas A&M-Commerce. Jody Todhunter, director of undergraduate admissions, staffed the college’s table and took time to answer questions for students.
“We are basically here to give out information to all of the transfer students who are ready to transfer out of Grayson College with their associates degrees or maybe before they get their associates. This is an information fair where we give them general information about requirements and transfers, degree plans, scholarship opportunities etc,” Todhunter said.
He said called Grayson one of the university’s top feeder programs and noted that many students from the Grayson County area commute to Texas A&M-Commerce for the education programs and agriculture programs.
“We are the fifth oldest university in the state of Texas, and we are one of the fourth lowest (costing) universities in the state of Texas,” Todhunter said when asked why students from this area would want to consider Texas A&M-Commerce. He noted that 15 credit hours at the college could cost students up to $2,000 less at Texas A&M-Commerce than at some of its competitors.
Students were given similar information on the dozens of universities that attended the event Thursday.