Fort Hays State University's Virtual College will celebrate with graduates from around the world at its third annual Graduation Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. in the Black and Gold Ballroom in the Memorial Union on the FHSU campus on Saturday, May 13.
"Many of the Virtual College students are from outside of the area. They will be driving or flying in on Friday or will have other work or family obligations that will prevent them from being part of Friday's festivities," said Dennis King, director of Virtual College and Learning Technologies. "The breakfast allows them a chance to celebrate and to feel like they are part of Fort Hays State University."
Traveling from Tak Ming College in Taipei, Taiwan, 24 graduates and six parents will join 11 graduates and their guests from Kansas, California, Colorado, Minnesota and Texas. The Virtual College students will dine with several members of the university's faculty and staff.
"A lot of students have never seen the faculty -- or each other," King said. "The breakfast is a chance for them to meet their advisors, their instructors and their classmates. This is a chance for the students to meet the people that go with the voice on the other end of the phone. Jolene Briggs is kind of a star. She does advising for the Bachelor of General Studies degree and works with hundreds of students over the phone. "
King and FHSU President Edward H. Hammond will each give a short presentation during the breakfast. King will unveil a new special project.