Ashli Nicole Coggins

Staff Writer

As the spring 2016 semester comes to an end, students here at Jackson State University are tending to important business, which ranges from studies to parties and high hopes of finishing the school year off strong.

Returning students are campaigning for student government positions, and graduating seniors are preparing for commencement. All of these students are balancing these tasks with the maintaining of passing grades.

Graduating seniors are finalizing senior portraits, delivering invitations, and finding the perfect wardrobe for the big day. Many feel as if the graduation date change adds pressure to the graduation preparation process.

William Kelley, a sophomore mass communications major and professional photographer speaks on his experience working with seniors this graduation season.

“Having the opportunity to capture the bittersweet moments of being a graduating senior has been a very thrilling experience. It has been a hassle booking students for both campaign and graduation. Considering the last minute change in commencement dates, spaces filled rapidly with seniors who are scrambling to find a good photographer.”

According to Jackson State University President Carolyn Myers, commencement exercises were moved up a week due to high profile speakers.

The graduate commencement ceremony will held on Friday, April 22, followed by the undergraduate commencement ceremony on Saturday, April 23. This event can be found on the JSU academic calendar.

While seniors are preparing to leave the university, freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are taking steps that will help them to bring in the next school year with a bang. From SGA campaigns to honor society inductions and campus celebrations, this group of students will be kept busy.

Sophomore, theatre major Joseph Henderson spoke about the busy month ahead.

“As a sophomore, this next month for me is going to be hectic because this is the midway point until graduation. As a theatre major, I have three plays, MADDRAMA performances, finals, and etc.”

Henderson feels as he will finish the semester successfully, despite such a busy schedule.

The Student Government Association has entered into their campaign season. According to the flyer on Jackson State’s official webpage, the campus-wide elections will elect members of SGA, class officers, and members of the Campus Activities Board.

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Several students are campaigning for positions in the student government while others are simply watching to see who will reign the campus in the upcoming school year.

Jackson State’s Ms. Sophomore 2015-2016, Jesslyn Course said, “Campaign season is really hectic on the campus, and you’re really busy because you’re trying to appeal to others and make sure you’re telling everyone your purpose for running and your platform. You also have to make sure you’re focusing on your grades because it’s the end of the semester.”

Students are also being inducted into honor societies in preparation for the Annual Honors Convocation. Many of these scholars, such as Azaria Edwards, feel as if meeting the deadlines of these organizations, along with other work, can be somewhat challenging.

“I feel as if the deadlines come pretty fast, but they are usually pretty lenient. I was able to join Golden Key International Honors Society before the deadline and induction ceremony this year and I am excited.”

Edwards is a chemistry and pre-pharmacy major from Jackson, Miss.

The Honors Convocation will be held on Thursday, April 21, as listed on Jackson State’s academic calendar.

The last month of the semester also signals campus celebrations. Honors Week, the Tiger Fest, and the Thee I Love Bash are all in the works and have several students excited.

Jamia Webber, a freshmen, communicative disorders major from West Point, Miss. said, “I’ve always heard about the Thee I Love Bash. I’m ready to see what it’s really about now.”

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Although parties are going to be taking place, academic advisement week is in the midst of excitement. Jackson State’s academic calendar indicates that this week will be held April 4 through April 7.

Other events taking place this semester include JSU Day at the Zoo, the Creative Arts Festival, Teacher Recruitment Day, Community Night Out, and several student productions.

According to Jackson State’s academic calendar, the last day of class is Friday, April 22. Final exams are the following week.