Students excited to become new alumni

K-State Alumni Communications

The K-State Alumni Association honors recent graduates and celebrates their new status as alumni during Grad Bash on May 7. The event included food, prizes and live music. (Photo: Tommy Theis)

Although students may spend only a few years on the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan, Kansas, they will carry the Wildcat legacy with them as they graduate and move on to a new chapter in their lives. 

The K-State Alumni Association honored recent graduates and celebrated their new status as alumni during Grad Bash on May 7 at the Alumni Center Johnson Terrace. The event included food, prizes, live music and a time for graduates to network with each other and reflect on their time at K-State.

“It’s a really cool opportunity to say thank you for all they’ve done, and honor their time at K-State,” said K-State sophomore and Student Alumni Board member Zev Allen, who helped organize the event. 

About 350 students attended the event. Among the graduating students were Logan Jones, Wichita, Kansas; Emily White, Topeka, Kansas; and Emily Barnhill, Winfield, Kansas, who said they enjoyed their time at K-State. As new alumni, they plan to stay in touch with friends and faculty they met on campus. 

Students mingle at Grad Bash on May 7 outside the K-State Alumni Center. The event celebrated new alumni, who receive one free year of membership to the K-State Alumni Association. (Photo: Tommy Theis)
White said her mother also is a K-State alumna and uses the Alumni Association's magazine, the K-Stater, to stay connected to the university.

“It was great,” White said of her time at K-State. “It was a lot of fun, and I learned a lot.”

Barnhill is planning to move to New York after graduation, and while she’s sad her time at the university is ending, she will take good memories of K-State with her. 

“I don’t want to leave, but the faculty here is very passionate and very supportive of us,” she said.

Graduates receive a complimentary one-year membership to the K-State Alumni Association from their college and the Alumni Association. For more information about becoming an Alumni Association member, click here

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