Graduate School Degree Dash

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Interim Associate Dean Ray Vanderby takes the lead at the Graduate School Degree Dash September 2, 2016 (photo: Bryce Richter, University Communications)

The Graduate School kicked off the fall 2016 semester with its first annual Degree Dash, held September 2, 2016. The Welcome Week event began and ended on Bascom Hill. 

Participants were encouraged to set a goal for 5.7 miles for the Doctoral Derby, or for 1.75 miles for the Master's Mile, both distances representing the number of years for the average degree completion.

The weather was perfect for the event. More than 600 participants met fellow students, faculty, and staff, toured campus, came away with a t-shirt or goodie bag, and gathered information to help start the semester off quickly.  Racers were awarded a souvenir Degree Dash Diploma for completing the race.

“This event was a great way to bring together graduate students, faculty, and staff – the many people who are involved in graduate education on our campus – for some fun on the Friday before the semester starts.  Thanks to our volunteers and the several hundred racers who turned out, the inaugural Graduate School Degree Dash was a success, and we plan to host it again next year.”

Alissa Ewer, Assistant Dean, Graduate School

Over 600 faculty, students, and staff participated in the first annual Degree Dash, September 2, 2016 (photo: Bryce Richter, University Communications)

Photo: Bryce Richter, University Communications

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