Post Graduate Service
In order to promote a culture of service after graduation, it is important to expose the students to alternative possibilities. We provide opportunities for the students to experience post graduate service organizations to explore the possibility to do a year of service post graduation. As part of our Vincentian tradition to serve others with special emphasis on those living in poverty. The first step in encouraging a student to consider post graduate service is to alert them of the existence of the possibility. Outreach will occur throughout the year. We will reach out to students by engaging them in conversation, connecting with other departments and faculty, and by distributing directories and literature on volunteer programs. We will encourage students to strongly consider using their service experience that they gained at St. John’s as merely a building block on which to create a lifetime of service.
Campus Ministry will host a post graduate fair which will be an opportunity for students to be exposed to a variety of possibilities for service after graduation.At the beginning of the spring semester, we traditionally host a dinner for students who are interested in post graduate service. The dinner is an opportunity for students to hear a reflection and ask questions about programs, applications, etc. As we move along with the fair, it may be nice to focus the dinner on Vincentian programs so students have an opportunity to connect with our larger Vincentian family and hear about further possibilities.
As Post-graduate service becomes more common place on campus, it will be nice to hold a commissioning service for students entering programs. The Commissioning Mass will be held towards the end of the second semester. It will be a visible sign to the community of the commitment that the students are making. This will also be an opportunity for the community to show the students who choose their support.