Join FSU’s Garnet & Gold Scholar Society Today!


Photo courtesy of the Garnet & Gold Scholar Society. 

By Abby Cloud

One of the many acclaimed organizations and societies that Florida State University offers its students is the Garnet & Gold Scholar Society (GGSS), a society that accredits FSU’s undergraduate students’ experiences through 5 different Engagement Areas: International, Internship, Leadership, Research, and Service. 

In order to become part of Garnet & Gold Scholar Society, students must complete 3 of the 5 Engagement Areas, write Reflections for each Engagement Area, and complete a final Synthesis Reflection.

Upon being inducted, students are awarded a medal at the induction ceremony, are recognized at commencement activities, and receive a notation on their transcript confirming their status as a Garnet & Gold Scholar Society.

For students looking for additional information about the Garnet & Gold Scholar Society, The Career Center will be hosting three information sessions throughout the spring semester in order to answer any questions and to provide additional information to prospective applicants.

The Garnet & Gold Scholar Society Information Sessions will be held the following dates:

Thursday, January 30, 2020 from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM in Dunlap 1006

Thursday, March 5, 2020 from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM in Dunlap 1006

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM in Dunlap 2201

If students are unable to attend these information, they are able to find more information about the Garnet & Gold Scholar Society through Drop-In Advising through The Career Center Library, located on the first floor of the Dunlap Student Success Center.

Drop-In Advising is the following hours for the spring semester:

Tuesdays from 1:00-3:00PM

Wednesdays from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Thursdays from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

To learn more, parents and students can visit the Garnet & Gold Scholar Society website or email the Society at

Additionally, they can view the original University Announcement for the Information Sessions for more information. 

Top 5 Reasons to Join New Student & Family Program’s Family Connection Council

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Applications for New Student & Family Program’s Family Connection Council are currently available until January 31. The Family Connection Council is a group of voluntary family members who engage with FSU and connect the University with its family members. The mission behind this council is to create long term advocates for the Florida State community and actively engage with the student experience FSU strives to uphold.

If you’re on the fence about whether this opportunity is for you, here are five reasons why you should join the Family Connection Council!

Meet with FSU leadership. Through Family Connection Council meetings, members have the opportunity to meet the Dean of Students and other university leaders to get a behind-the-scenes look at how the university operates. 

“I joined the FSU Family Connection Council in an effort to establish a strong relationship and give back to the institution which will provide my student with the necessary tools to succeed in his career and future endeavors.”

Claudia Cordova, Family Connection Council member 

Connect with other Florida State families. By joining the Family Connection Council, members are able to meet other dedicated Florida State family members and learn from their perspective and experiences. 

Make your voice heard. Family Connection Council often serves as a focus group where members can share their feedback with university leaders and represent all Florida State families. 

“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve on Family Connection Council, especially as the parent of a transfer student from out of state. Neither of us knew much about FSU history and traditions, so it was a great way for me to get up to speed on the culture and community of FSU. I also felt my presence on the council, being from out of state, was helpful in terms of providing input and feedback.”

– Shelley Wright, Family Connection Council member

Support student success through fundraising. Through initiatives such as the Garnet & Gold Silent Auction, the Council raises thousands of dollars each year to support student success. Sponsored programs include the Food for Thought Pantry, the FSU Flying High Circus, and the Victim Advocate Program.

Support new Nole families. As part of the Council, you will have multiple opportunities to engage with new Florida State families and share your experience and expertise. 

“I love being able to connect with other Nole families and share information with them.”

– Paulette Riedel, Family Connection Council member

If you’re interested in this great opportunity, apply to be a part of Family Connection Council by January 31st through this link here

There are 100 Days Until Graduation, Are You Prepared?


By Abby Cloud

Happy 100 days until graduation, ‘Noles! This is a huge milestone for every student’s college career— one they have most likely been waiting for for years. While this is a time for celebration, this is also a time to make sure your student has all the loose ends tied up so everything can run smoothly when graduation approaches later this semester.

Apply for graduation. Hopefully, your student is aware of the application process required for graduation, but if they haven’t applied yet, this application window is closing soon. Students must apply for graduation between January 13-24, which ends in two days. For help with applying, students can visit the How to Apply for Graduation page.

Request a University Academic Progress Check. The University makes note that this is not the same as applying for graduation and that students must request a University Academic Progress Check as part of the graduation process. Students will have a hold on their account until they have requested this progress check. After their request has been reviewed by Graduation Services, students will receive an email and a link on the request page lets you download your report. For more information about the University Academic Progress Check, visit the Graduation Checklist page

Order your cap and gown. Students can begin ordering their cap and gown as early as January 10, and through March 13. This is a large window available for students to order their caps and gowns, but make sure it doesn’t sneak up on them because a late fee will be applied to those who order after March 13. Additionally, the University states that students cannot wear “borrowed regalia” or anything purchased from “alternative vendors.”  To learn more about cap and gown orders, check out the Cap and Gown page.

Attend Grad Fair. February 3-5, the FSU Bookstore will host their semesterly Grad Fair. From 11am-4pm, students will be able to speak with a Herff Jones representative for help regarding cap and gown orders, ring orders, and more.

Request graduation tickets for guests. This is an important step in the graduation process you won’t want your student to miss. In order for guests to attend graduation, your student must request tickets for their guests. Students can request up to 6 tickets once they have completed their online RSVP through Marching Order. If your family is unable to make it, the ceremonies are live streamed as well. For more information, you can visit the Graduation Tickets page.

Know when your graduation ceremony will take place. Florida State is home to a vast amount of students, so graduation happens over the course of two days, at four different times. For Spring 2020, graduation ceremonies will take place at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center on the following days:

Friday, May 1, 2020 at 2:00pm

Friday, May 1, 2020 at 7:30pm

Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 9:00pm

Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 2:00pm

The various colleges are separated between the four days. To find out when your student’s ceremony is taking place, visit the Commencement Schedule by College page and find the Spring 2020 Ceremony Schedule. 

While these are just some steps students must take in order to graduate, your student will need to monitor announcements and due dates associated with Spring 2020 graduation. For additional information regarding graduation, you can visit the University Registrar’s Graduation website.

Graphic courtesy of the FSU Alumni Association.

Interested in Greek Life? Here are Additional Spring Rush Opportunities

By Abby Cloud


As students take on the spring semester, there are many opportunities for students to get involved in Greek life here at Florida State University. For students that are interested in the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) or National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), the two councils are hosting orientation sessions later this week. 

The Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) consists of 10 culturally-based fraternities and sororities here at FSU. The mission behind the MGC is to serve the FSU community with their philanthropy and additional volunteer work, as well as observe their diverse identities. 

The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) consists of 9 predominantly African American fraternities and sororities, also known as the “Divine 9.” The organizations beneath the NPHC are dedicated to values concerning their education, culture, and community service. 

MGC and NPHC are hosting two Orientation Sessions for those interesting in rushing in the Spring. 

Friday, January 17 at 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Saturday, January 18 at 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Students only need to register for one of the two dates. It is noted that attending an orientation session this semester is mandatory if students plan on continuing with new member education.

To register for an Orientation Session, use this link:

For more information about the two councils, you can visit the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life website here

For more information about their Orientation event, you can visit the event page here

Photo courtesy of the Multicultural Greek Council and the National Pan-Hellenic Council.

Interested in Greek Life? Spring Informal Recruitment is Coming Up

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As students become adjusted to their new Spring schedule, there might be a desire to get more involved this semester. If your student is curious about sorority life or rushing in the spring, the Panhellenic Association at FSU is hosting two Spring Informal Recruitment Orientations this month:

January 15th in SSB 203 at 6:30 pm
January 16th in Union Ballrooms at 6:30 pm

At these Orientations, students can expect to learn about the chapters participating in Spring Informal Recruitment and what this process will look like. If your student is interested in rushing this spring, attendance at one of these Orientations is mandatory in order to participate in Continuous Open Bidding. No pre-registration is required in order to attend the Orientations listed above.

For more information about the Panhellenic Association at FSU or sorority life at FSU, visit the Panhellenic website here.

An additional resource for parents and students is the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life website here.

For parents looking for additional information, you can visit the Information for Parents page on the Panhellenic website here.

Photo courtesy of Panhellenic Association at FSU.