Thanks to the generosity of NOVA faculty and staff, in collaboration with the NOVA Foundation, 20 students were able to participate in the College’s 2019 Commencement ceremony without the stress of finding the funds to purchase regalia.
Graduation is an exciting time for students. For some, however, the cost of buying a graduation gown is an expense that hinders them from fully experiencing the culminating moment of their academic achievement. To address this area of need, the Division of Student Services partnered with the NOVA Foundation to create the “Cap & Gown Gift Program” to support NOVA students in-need with free rental of graduation regalia.
“Every graduate has earned the right to participate in their commencement,” said Dr. Frances Villagran-Glover, Vice President for Student Services. “This college-wide program allows us to provide the means for our students in-need to cross the finish line with their fellow graduates.”
The NOVA community was encouraged to make a $55 gift through the NOVA Foundation website to help sponsor a cap and gown rental for a student in need. The Division of Student Services collaborated with other campus partners and the NOVA Barnes & Noble bookstores to facilitate the process of providing the caps and gowns to the students.
The initiative raised over $3,600 through gifts to the Foundation. The Foundation added over $3,000 to support the program further. Funds were used to purchase 100 gowns for use in the future. Student Services staff were also on-site at Jiffy Lube Live collecting gown donations following the ceremony.
The NOVA Foundation is still accepting gifts for this program online through the NOVA Foundation website. Be sure to select “Cap and Gown Program” as your designation when making your donation.