School for Professional Studies Celebrates Nontraditional Students
Saint Louis University’s School for Professional Studies (SPS) will celebrate SLU
community members who have made great sacrifices on their untraditional paths toward
attaining their educational dreams during 2017’s Nontraditional Student Week.
Celebrations run from Monday, Nov. 6, through Friday, Nov. 10.
Nontraditional Student Week, or #NonTradWeek for social media, was created to celebrate
the successes many people have made to tirelessly achieve their dreams and accomplishments,
often times in the midst of working full-time jobs and juggling family responsibilities.
“We are very proud of our students and the sacrifices they make to achieve their educational
goals,” Troy Hargrove, associate dean for professional studies said. “To be able to
celebrate their success stories as part of nontraditional student week gives us the
opportunity to share their incredible accomplishments, achievements and goals with
the wider University, and allows students to reflect on their educational journey.”
This year will also mark the first time that SPS will celebrate the special week via
its social media platform. Social media will also feature current students, faculty
and staff and will recognize a current student who is also a veteran on Nov. 10 in
anticipation of Veterans Day.
“Giving these individuals a platform on digital media helps our audience recognize
that nontraditional students have incredible motivation and passion to complete their
education, and that’s worth recognizing,” Jacob Wierson, SPS communications and analytics
The week will involve special contests for current students with giveaways such as
SLU T-shirts, sweaters and tickets to a Billiken’s basketball game. The contests will
be featured on SLU Online’s Facebook page and Twitter.