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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 coordinator, explained.

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.