December graduates examine what being a Wildcat really
meansK-State Communications and Marketing and Carly
|More than 1,800 K-State
students graduated in December. (Photo: K-State Communications and
Kansas State University fall
commencement ceremonies were Friday, Dec. 13, on the Salina and Manhattan
campuses, and Saturday, Dec. 14, on the Manhattan campus.
awarded more than 1,400 bachelor's degrees, nearly 300 master's degrees and 90
doctorates, and 16 associate degrees. About 150 candidates for graduation are
earning their degrees through the university's distance education program. As
the more than 1,800 graduates join the alumni ranks, they take with them fond
memories of K-State.Editor's note: The Alumni Association
communications staff asked students in the fall semester public relations
writing class at K-State's A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass
Communications to write articles on what students will remember or value the
most from their K-State experience. Following is an article written by Carly
Dickter from her interviews with four graduating
. You Know You’re a Wildcat
by Carly Dickter
up each morning, you open your closet, and decide which shade of purple you’ll
your lower back pain to the hundreds of time-outs and pregames spent
treat is a double scoop of Purple Pride from Call Hall on a warm afternoon.
kissed in the stacks at Hale Library.
rather watch the New Year’s ball drop in the Little Apple than in the Big
Whether it is the gallons of coffee consumed in Hale
Library, the Fight Song you can’t get out of your head, or that warm feeling you
get as the KS Hill peaks into your view as you're driving along Fort Riley
Boulevard; there are certain experiences we all share as Wildcats. But what
about the K-State experience is most precious?
four graduating seniors on what they value the most about their time at K-State,
it is no surprise that the anchoring theme in their comments is the idea of
Jake Pritchard, senior in finance, appreciates the feel of family in the
atmosphere of our campus.
“I am so grateful to be a part of a university
where you walk on campus and see so many students dressed in purple with as much
passion and pride as ours,” Pritchard said.
Bill Snyder Family Stadium
is one of those K-State sites where many K-Staters feel that sense of family.
Pre-law senior, Collin Huerter, described it as “that energy and sense of
belonging isn't checked at the gate on your way home; you're a part of something
bigger. The experiences, traditions, and emotions are what bind us
Erin Poppe, master's student in public administration, said,
“K-State helped build me a foundation of professional and personal support that
I am so grateful for.”
Senior in political science, Macy Warburton
also values the support she has received from her professors. She said, “They
have truly epitomized, "K-State family" for me by showing authentic care while
also pushing and challenging me to grow on a daily basis."
many of the fondest memories are from times spent on campus as students. These
are the experiences that confirm the phrases, “You know you’re a Wildcat
What this year’s seniors are taking away from their
experiences as K-Staters is the overarching phrase, “you know you’re a Wildcat
when K-State means family,” and family is forever.