Penn State Worthington Scranton's Alumni Office recently feted the campus' Summer and Fall 2009 and future May, 2010 graduates at its annual Graduate Luncheon.
The event was attended by local Penn State alumni, representatives of the Penn State Worthington Scranton Alumni Society and University Park's Alumni Career Services staff.
"Penn State has the largest dues-paying alumni association in the world and the goal of programs such as the Graduate Luncheon is to familiarize our newest alumni with both the university's and the campus' alumni organizations and the benefits that they can provide to them as they embark on the next phase of their lives," said Deborah Brandt Johnson, alumni and development specialist at Penn State Worthington Scranton.
With less than a month left before graduation, students had the opportunity to network with Penn State alumni who live and work in northeastern Pennsylvania, as well as get some career tips from Jenifer Whetsel, assistant director of Penn State's Alumni Career Services.
Upon graduation, all Penn State graduates receive a free one-year membership in the Penn State Alumni Association and are able to take advantage of a variety of benefits, from networking to insurance to career services.
Graduates who attended and/or graduated from local Penn State campuses such as Worthington Scranton can also join the local alumni organizations and take advantage of even more opportunities at the local level.
"We really encourage them to get involved," Mrs. Johnson said, "as membership in the local alumni society can provide them with both professional and personal contacts that will help them in the future."