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A step closer to graduation

By Courtenay Griffin and Kristen Decker

As the winter semester comes to an end many students are preparing for the summer months again, whether it’s heading off to a work term, starting a summer job or planning a vacation.

Although spring traditionally signals the end of the academic year, the summer semester presents an opportunity for students to take their program a step closer to graduation.

Memorial@Home, the university’s online and distance education service, allows students to continue working toward their degree no matter what their schedule is or where their travels take them. Darren Anderson, a civil engineering student at Memorial, agrees.

“I’m required to take a number of electives in addition to my core courses to graduate, and these add up,” he said. “So while on my work term I decided it was a great time to catch up. Distance education makes it possible for me to take some of the courses from academic semesters and complete them during work terms, which I think is great.”

Memorial@Home’s newest campaign, Taking it a step closer, which recently wrapped up, aimed to highlight the benefits of completing a course or two over the summer months. Students can have the flexibility they need to carry out their plans while completing courses on their own time to further their degree.

The campaign’s goal was to attract students with posters and tent cards around the University Centre and library Commons.

To help promote Memorial’s Sustainability Week, all promotions were printed on recycled paper and reusable coffee sleeves were provided to Treats’ customers in an effort to encourage a greener perspective. A Memorial@Home blend of coffee was also provided at Treats to bring awareness to the campaign.

Memorial’s online and distance education capabilities make it the largest among Canadian comprehensive universities. Offering over 350 undergraduate and graduate degree courses from 10 faculties and schools, distance education has surpassed 16,000 registrations annually from across the province and around the world.