Before graduating seniors get their diplomas, they have an opportunity to become a part of another Mountaineer tradition at West Virginia University.

Everyone who donates to the class gift will have his or her name included on the Mountaineer Mark plaque, which will be displayed along the Mountaineer Walk in Mountaineer Heritage Park.

This years class gift will help fund the construction of the Jerry West statue and plaza adjacent to the Blue Gate of the WVU Coliseum, according to Sheila Powell, special assistant to Vice President for Student Affairs Ken Gray.

Students can learn more about the class gift during the fall One-Stop Shop from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, in the Mineral Resources Building atrium and from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, and Wednesday, Oct. 25, in the Mountainlair commons.

This event has been extremely successful and is back again tooffer a one-stop shop for all the graduation day detailscaps and gowns, announcements, class rings and more, organizers say.

Seniors have a lot on their minds as they prepare for the Dec. 10 Convocation, and this is the only time they can get most of their graduation shopping done in one place,said Amanda Tranquillo with Student Affairs.

Besides ordering their official University regalia, seniors can sign up with the Alumni Association and the Athletic Department to stay connected with WVU and the Mountaineers after graduation.

They can also pay their $30 graduation fee at the Mountainlair only by check, cash or credit card; get job search advice from the Career Services Center; and speak to a Student Health Service representative about finding health insurance and transferring records.

All participants will be eligible to enter their names into a drawing for a diploma frame from the WVU Bookstore, Tranquillo added.

For more information about WVU s Senior Year Experience and a graduation checklist, go to

To make a donation online to the class gift, visit