Grambling State University’s annual High School Day, where high school students come to see what GSU has to offer, was Saturday. The number of the student who attended this year’s high school day was more than double from last year.
High School Day last year had fewer than 900 students attend and this year over 2,000 students showed up. Buses started arriving around 7 a.m. Saturday, with visitors excited to learn what GSU is all about. There were high school students from all over the country. Students came from Georgia, Alabama, and California just to get the Grambling experience.
GSU provided the students with bags and T-shirts and after students toured the campus with an ambassador, the students were showed residential life. After the campus tour the students came together to see the booths for the academic departments that were set up with information about campus programs. Around 10 a.m. students were asked to sit in the auditorium so they could be welcomed to the campus. DJ Twinz hyped the crowd by playing music and interacting with them.
Faculty and students played a large part of making sure that the program showed the students what the university has to offer.
Latari Fleming who is the new Director of Admissions and Recruitment said he wanted to make sure that the program was exciting and entertaining. “I wanted to bring the carnival theme to life with costumes and decorations because we have never done that,” said Fleming.
He has worked this event five times as an admissions representative but this is the first time as the lead director.
For entertainment the World Famed Marching Band, cheerleaders, and Orchesis Dance company performed for the students.
The high-schoolers seemed to enjoy every aspect of the show my interacting with the speakers and posting things on their social media accounts. Students enjoyed the experience so much that students were actually admitted to the university on the spot.
“Alumni chapters have been contacting the university saying how much the students enjoyed the experience,” said Fleming.
“We’re already brainstorming for next year to make sure the next one is even better.”