Drexel Senior Experience (DSE)
Mission & Purpose:
The Drexel Senior Experience [DSE] helps students prepare for graduation and transition into the “real world” while keeping them involved and connected to the university for a lifetime! The DSE program is designed to help students prepare for graduation and transition into the world of work, graduate school, and any number of options Drexel graduating seniors may eventually pursue. In addition to assisting seniors with their preparation for the "real world," the DSE program will help new alumni continue their ties to the institution beyond graduation, and increase their future financial support, volunteerism and/or alumni giving potential, as well as increase the possibility of retaining them as graduate students in other Drexel programs. The DSE program will create a stronger class unity, a positive experience during their final terms, and a greater connection to Drexel as graduating students prepare to move on into the next chapter of their lives.
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Background & Overview:
The “Drexel Senior Experience” (DSE) program was developed in 2009-2010 and fully launched in 2010-2011. Under the leadership of Student Affairs, the Office of Student Leadership Development & Traditions assembled a team of campus partners, including Alumni Relations, Steinbright Career Development Center, Institutional Advancement, Drexel Traditions Program, Fraternity and Sorority Life, and nearly 20 other colleges and departments.
During the 2010-2011 academic year, the DSE program built upon its successful inaugural campaign and created several new events. Altogether, nearly 1,500 students benefited from the 21 programs and services offered, up from 8 total programs in 2009-10. Program offerings included career preparation programs, special lectures and speaker presentations, social and networking events, and many other activities. Services included special publications for seniors (such as the New Graduate and Life After Graduation Guides), senior-specific email communications, and a central website with event listings, graduation information, and resources for seniors. The program launched with a kick-off celebration in September 2010 and culminated with commencement in June 2011.
The program supports Drexel’s mission and goals, demonstrates excellence in campus collaboration, delivers exceptional results while efficiently working with minimal funding, and exemplifies Drexel’s core competencies while fostering Drexel pride and spirit amongst our graduating seniors and recent alumni.
- “Seniors & Young Alumni September Social” – a new event celebrating the last September for the Class of 2011 as Drexel students and the first September as alumni for the Class of 2010!
- “Countdown To Commencement: Senior Kick-Off Celebration” held during Homecoming weekend – over 250 seniors attended the event and received the limited-edition “Class of 2011” t-shirt.
- “Senior Spring Mixer: 2,011 Hours Until Graduation” – a new event that kicked-off the final term for our Drexel seniors, with over 300 attendees!
- “Business Etiquette Dinner” – a three-course dinner led by a professional etiquette coach presenting proper techniques and common pitfalls of a business dinner throughout the meal, culminating in an evening of networking with prominent Drexel Alumni.
- “Bon Voyage” Graduation Celebration – a successful collaboration between the student-led Drexel Traditions Program, Institutional Advancement, the Alumni Association and Student Affairs, bringing together nearly 300 seniors a week before graduation to celebrate their achievements.
- “Champagne Toast Ceremony with President Fry” – a newly created tradition for the senior class was an opportunity for President Fry and the Alumni Association to recognize all senior students with a celebratory toast and officially welcome the Class of 2011.
Key Campus Partners:
Office of Campus Activities; Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life; Office of Alumni Relations; Institutional Advancement; Office of the Provost; Steinbright Career Development Center; Office of Commuter, Graduate, and Transfer Student Programs and Services; Residential Living Office; LeBow College of Business & LeBow Undergraduate Career Development Office; College of Engineering; School of Education; Center for Civic Engagement; Department of Athletics; Recreational Athletics; Undergraduate Student Government Association; Graduate Student Association; Campus Activities Board; Faculty Senate Student Affairs Committee; Enrollment Management; Drexel Traditions Program; Future Partners Still To Be Identified – contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info!
For more details on the DSE Program or to partner with us, contact Richard Kopp at email@example.com.