Charge-Out: One-Stop Graduation Shopping

Brandon T. Bisceglia

For graduating students, the April 11 event known as “Charge-Out” will provide everything they need for commencement, and then

Photograph by Brandon T. Bisceglia.

some. “It’s a one-stop shop to get your last minute questions answered,” says Assistant Director of Student Activities Lisa Saverese, who coordinated this year’s event with Director of University Special Events Jill Zamparo.

Charge-Out takes place from noon to 5:30 p.m. in the David A. Beckerman Recreation Center. Students will be able to pick up tickets for commencement, regalia, and caps and gowns for commencement. They will also be able to sign up for transportation services to the Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, where ceremonies will be held this year.

It is the first year commencement will be at an off-campus venue. Without tickets, students and guests will not be able to enter the theatre.

Students will also be able to sign up for Senior Week, speak with class officers, and meet with representatives from various university offices, such as Alumni Relations and Career Development. “All of the offices are important to different students in different ways,” says Saverese. “Some students may want to consult with someone from the Financial Aid Office. Someone else could bring a resume and make a connection with someone from Career Development.”

Saverese also noted that there will be services from outside UNH at the event, including a representative from Liberty Mutual to talk about insurance options, and someone from Jostens to take orders for class rings and other commencement memorabilia.

The point of Charge-Out, says Saverese, is to prevent graduating students from having to run around to get everything they need for commencement. “Everything’s in one place at one time,” she says.

If a graduating student cannot attend Charge-Out, however, the university is planning alternative dates for some of the services to be made available. That information is not yet listed on the commencement website.

UNH has been holding an event for graduating students similar to Charge-Out since at least 2007, said Saverese. Back then, it was titled the “Senior Send-Off.” Four years ago, the name changed to “Grand Central.” The senior class of 2011 gave the event its current moniker.

To learn more about Charge-Out and commencement, visit www.newhaven.edu, and look for the link on the homepage.