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Class Act Graduation Challenge: Whitman Seniors Leading All Schools

Class Act Graduation Challenge: Whitman Seniors Leading All Schools

Whitman’s Seniors Sprint Ahead in Gift Giving 

Whitman’s 2015 graduates are on a mission. Within one week of launching the Class Act 2015 Graduation Challenge, they beat last year’s total percentage of giving.

Class Act is Syracuse University’s annual senior gift campaign. Historically, campus-wide participation has compared poorly to peer schools. To positively impact giving, Whitman launched the Class Act 2015 Graduation Challenge with 14 seniors leading efforts to encourage participation. They are making great strides.

To date, 10 percent of Whitman seniors have given, and we significantly lead all other schools and colleges on campus. Still, there is work to be done to reach the 50 percent participation goal by the Graduation BBQ on April 28, when each senior donor will receive a customized “giving cord” to wear at graduation and an invitation to an appreciation event at the Carrier Dome’s exclusive Club 44.

One generous Whitman alumnus will match the total raised by Whitman’s seniors, and our graduating class is challenging all Whitman alumni to match the gift of one senior by donating $20.15. You can donate online and, if you would like to honor a particular senior with your contribution, simply add his/her name in the “My Gift Is a Tribute” section.

Your support will help provide students with cutting-edge programs, modern facilities, scholarships (75 percent of SU students receive some sort of financial assistance) and other advantages necessary for a first-class education. Tuition and fees cover only 85 percent of the real cost of an SU degree. Class Act gifts help bridge the gap.