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Laurier celebrates the opening of The Graduate Commons
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Wilfrid Laurier University celebrated the opening of The Graduate Commons with an event held at the Laurier Library Wednesday, June 6. The Graduate Commons, located on the third floor of the library, is a dedicated space for graduate students made possible by the generosity of the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA), the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies, alumni and friends of Laurier’s library.
“Having a place to gather as a cohesive group will make a big difference to grad students,” said Benjamin Hesch, president of the GSA. “Now that we have a common area, we can meet each other more often and share ideas and resources – this will be our little space on campus.”
The GSA was the lead supporter of the initiative. The association is the student government representative of all graduate and professional students at Laurier — more than 1,000 full-time and part-time students. The GSA supports and advocates for graduate students by providing access to services, resources and space, and by ensuring representation both internal and external to Laurier.
“The library is a critical part of a graduate student’s academic experience at Laurier,” said Sharon Brown, university librarian. “We are so grateful to our partners who came together to support this space.”
Every year, more than 50 alumni, parents and friends choose to support the library through the unrestricted fund. Since 2008, annual giving has raised more than $60,000 from over 200 gifts.