Life for an online student means a lot of video chats, texts, and emails, not much face-to-face contact. That’s why this past summer, ECPI University held its first annual Online Graduate Reception. This inaugural event took place at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art in Virginia Beach, and over 140 online students, alumni, faculty, and staff attended.
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Graduates came from 11 different states, some as far away as Rhode Island, Illinois, Mississippi, and Washington. The reception gave online graduates and their families a chance to meet online staff and faculty in person, as well as their fellow classmates with whom they had built relationships throughout their online degree programs. In addition to being able to connect with one another, attendees enjoyed food catered by ECPI University’s Culinary Institute of Virginia, participated in drawings for prizes, posed for photos in the photo booth, and toured the museum’s exhibits.