GradFest 2019 took place March 20 and 21 at the LMU Bookstore, located on the ground floor of the Von Der Ahe Building. GradFest is an annual event that seniors on track to graduate are encouraged to attend to pick up important items for Commencement.
At GradFest, students can order their caps and gowns, purchase diploma frames and buy other alumni merchandise such as class rings — the most expensive go for a few hundred dollars.
At, GradFest students can take advantage of the discounts that are offered via exclusive pre-selected packages. Students can also order personalized graduation announcements.
“I really appreciated how I could get everything I needed for commencement all in one place," Teddy Gabbai, a senior marketing major, purchased the biggest package available, which included fifty invitations and photo frames. “I didn’t realize how soon [graduation] was until now. Making the order for my cap and gown today has finally made it feel real.”
Christopher Jacobs, a senior communications major, also attended GradFest and said that while shopping he got a sense of bittersweet happiness.
"After being in school my whole life, it’s a huge achievement that I’ve almost completed my education," Jacobs said.
A favorite among the seniors was the photo booth, with Christopher remarking that it was “reminiscent of high school” and it was “hard to believe four full years had passed since I took that photo in my cap and gown, wondering what my time at LMU would be like.”