Holiday shopping may not be any easier, but at least West VirginiaUniversitys December graduates get a break when it comes to purchasing graduation items.

WVU is once again sponsoring its Senior One-Stop Shop as part of its Senior Experience from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, and Wednesday, Nov. 13, in the Mountainlair Commons area.

WVU students can purchase caps and gowns, class rings and other items. Additionally, WVU s Career Services will provide resume-writing and job-hunting tips and other useful information for graduates.

The Alumni Association and Athletic Department will offer students information on ways to stay connected with their soon-to-be alma mater, no matter where they may be in the future.


�€?The event is another way that WVU recognizes the achievements of its December graduates and provides them with the support to make a successful transition from academics to career,�€? said Ken Gray, vice president of Student Affairs.


This years convocation is set for 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6, in the WVU Coliseum. Rod Thorn, president of the NBA s New Jersey Nets and a former Mountaineer basketball standout, will give the keynote speech at the event.


While not a formal commencement, the 11th annual December Graduates Convocation honors those students who complete their degree-requirements mid-year. Degrees are conferred during May commencement.


Nearly 1,200 WVU seniors are expected to graduate in December. All will receive an invitation at their local address by mid-November. Those who need to update their local addresses should call 304-293-2124, ext. 1526.


This year, the number of guests will not be limited and tickets are not required, but reservations are still needed to formulate a list of graduates who plan to attend. To RSVP , call 304-293-8024 or 304-293-8029.


Due to favorable response from past ceremonies, December graduates will again don traditional caps and gowns and cross the stage as their names are called. Up until the 2000 ceremony, December graduates did not dress in formal attire and only stood as a group as their college was recognized. Caps and gowns can be ordered by calling Alicia Cayton at the WVU Bookstore, 304-293-7464.


For information on this years One-Stop Shop, call 304-293-5611.