Regalia incentive helps students move toward timely graduation
Sacramento State’s graduation czar, Jim Dragna, made a modest proposal to a specific group of seniors: Meet with your advisor to explore more ways to quickly graduate, and the University will pay for your Commencement cap, gown, and tassel.
By early December, 240 seniors had accepted his offer and received a voucher for their regalia, which typically costs $37.
“Something as simple as this can be an effective way of moving people forward,” says Dragna. “And when students change that trajectory here, we believe they can change it for their entire families.”
Dragna’s office, University Initiatives and Student Success, is at the forefront of Sac State’s “Finish in Four” and “Through in Two” programs, part of an effort that aims to increase the number of incoming freshmen and transfer students earning bachelor’s degrees in four years. Those programs are a response to the California State University’s Graduation Initiative 2025, a system-wide push to boost on-time grad rates.