Ready, set, GRADUATE!   

We know what it's like. Graduation, that is. You're scrambling to finish classes, find a job and, basically, plan out the whole next phase of your life. Maybe you've already got something lined up. Maybe you're contemplating grad school. Or maybe you just don't know. (And that's OK.)

That's why you're getting this special issue of Generation Wayne, published by the Wayne State University Alumni Association.

Like what you see in Generation Wayne? Good. Because as a new alum, you'll be getting this newsletter, filled with stuff about work, home and life, after you graduate. It's our way of saying welcome to the world of Wayne State alumni. 


Commencement 2008

You've already applied to graduate, and you're counting the days until your last final exam. What comes next? Commencement, of course!

On May 3 you'll have the opportunity to walk across Tom Adams Field at Wayne State to celebrate with fellow graduates, teachers, administrators, family and friends.

Commencement begins at 11 a.m., but you'll need to be at the Matthaei Building by 9:30 a.m. What else should you know? Visit for all of the latest information. 

Grad Expo
Planning to be part of commencement ceremonies May 3? Be sure to attend Grad Expo 10 a.m.-7 p.m. March 19 and 20 in the Welcome Center.

At Grad Expo, you can pick up commencement tickets and caps and gowns. You also can join the
alumni association.

For more information,
click here or call (313) 577-2414.


Make a Video - Win a Prize 

Tell us about your favorite memory at Wayne State. Make a video (you even can use your cell phone or digital camera) and send it to

We'll upload your video to our new
YouTube site, and you'll be entered to win a custom diploma frame (a $95 value) to display your Wayne State diploma with pride. Click here to watch a video with more information.

Not a videographer? Send us a photo in front of your favorite place on campus along with a short story about what it means to you. You also will be entered into the drawing - and submissions will be used in an upcoming issue of the award-winning
Wayne State magazine.

Diploma frames also are available for purchase at Grad Expo and at Alumni House on campus. Call (313) 577-2300 for more information. 


Grad School Open House

Meet faculty and representatives from many of Wayne State's 256 master's and doctoral programs at the Graduate School Open House 3-7 p.m. March 5 in the Welcome Center.

Get your application fee waived when you attend this event. Just submit your application online in advance and proceed through the application process without making the payment. Print a copy of the application and bring with you to the open house. It's that easy.

Be sure, too, to bring copies of your academic transcripts and standardized test scores. This is especially important if you're planning to start classes in the spring/summer 2008 term.

Parking is free for this event. Park in Structure 6 (behind the Welcome Center) and bring in your ticket stub for validation. RSVP to or call 313-577-3577.


Career Services Online

Looking for a job? Want to go to a career fair? Need help writing your resume?

Get help with these questions and more from Wayne State's Career Services department. Visit online at or call (313) 577-3390.


What NOT to Wear to an Interview
Want to know what to wear for your first interview? Wondering if that suit is “too much” for a career fair? 

Get the answers and more (including how to “accessorize” properly with the right resume) at the Women of Wayne Career Seminar.
The seminar will be from 4-6 p.m. March 26 at Alumni House. Light refreshments will be served.

The seminar is FREE and all students are invited to attend. To make a reservation, go to or contact Elisabeth Johnston at (313) 577-2167. 

Get a Job: Stuff to Know

Ready to interview? Here are some tips:

* R
esume misspellings aren't the only things that can disqualify you from getting a job.
Click here to see what else can cause havoc.

* Know what your interviewer is going to ask you. Click here for a list of common interview questions.

* Offered a new job? You can negotiate your salary for a higher rate.
Here's how

* It's usually about who you know, so networking is one of the best ways to get a job. Join a professional organization, or come to one of our Young Alumni events.
Click here for more info



Get a boost on your new career by attending one of the alumni association's CareerBoost! workshops.

On March 6, attend
"Building a Strong Financial Foundation," where Steve Chang of Edward Jones will take you on a journey of all things investing. Do you have an investment strategy? Do you recognize the value of buying quality investments and holding onto those investments for the long term? Do you understand the value of time in the market and can define the concept of risk tolerance in investing? Learn about these concepts and more. The event begins at 6 p.m. in the Wayne State Oakland Center, 33737 W. 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills. Cost is $10 for alumni association members, $15 for non-members.

And on April 17, take part in
"Understanding the Home Buying/Graduate Purchase Assistance Program." The Michigan State Housing Development Authority has a special program for graduates who are interested in buying in certain Michigan cities, including Detroit and Hamtramck. The "Cities of Promise" issues a 30-year fixed loan at approximately 2 percent below market rates. Find out more by attending this special session with Ben Robertson. Cost is $10 for alumni association members, $15 for non-members.

To reserve for either event, visit or call (313) 577-2300.

Warrior Corner

Meet Ashley King, a finance major originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, who shares some pre-graduation thoughts with us.

Generation Wayne: What are your plans after graduation?
King: After I graduate, I plan on moving back home and hopefully getting an internship or a job in the finance/business field. I want to pick up a sport in the summer, maybe soccer, and then in the fall play on a senior women's team for fun.

Generation Wayne: What is your best memory of Wayne State?
King: I just think hanging out with my team in general has given me the best memories. I have met some really great people here who will be my best friends forever and who have made my four years here such a great experience.

Generation Wayne: What are you going to miss most about Wayne State?
King: Definitely all of my friends and teammates who I've gotten so close to. It is going to be very weird knowing that it will never be the same; when I move back home, I don't have 20 other girls I can hang out with whenever I am bored.

Generation Wayne: Any parting thoughts?
King: Wayne State has given me so many opportunities. I have met some amazing people and will cherish the memories forever. I will never forget about my experiences here and will have a little bit of Warrior in me wherever I end up in the future. 

Dates to know...

Grad School Open House
3-7 p.m. March 5

Grad Expo
10 a.m.-7 p.m. March 19-20

11 a.m. May 3

Get a diploma frame...

Show off your degree with pride! Purchase a Wayne State diploma frame, which includes a double mat in green and gold and a full-color reproduction of the watercolor Old Main by artist and alum William A. Bostick, '54. Click here for more info.

Grad degrees pay...

According to a report by the U.S. Census Bureau, graduate degrees can be worth millions over the course of a career. People with a bachelor's degree average $2.1 million over their 40-year career, while those with a master's degree can make $2.5 million. Tally in a professional degree (worth on average $4.4 million) or a doctoral degree (worth $3.4 million), and you can see why. Visit for more details.

Thinking of getting a graduate degree? Remember, alumni association members have their application fees waived to most programs. Click here for more details. 

Keep getting
Generation Wayne

Generation Wayne is just one of the many benefits of being an alumni association member. Discounts on campus and in Midtown, networking opportunities and member-only prices for social events are a few others. For a complete list, click here
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