2014 Tuition Free Day
January 29th, students and staff gathered at the Edgar Community Center to celebrate “Tuition-Free Day,” the day in the academic year when tuition no longer covers the Claremont School of Theology’s operating costs. What keeps CST running after “Tuition-Free Day” is the charitable contributions of donors.
The gathering provided students with the opportunity to express their gratitude for the generosity of donors. At the event, students helped craft messages to donors by recording a video or writing a thank-you postcard.
Annually, “Tuition-Free Day” helps to raise awareness about the significant role donors play in making theology education possible. Sheryl A. Kujawa-Holbrook, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Practical Theology and Religious Education, spoke about the importance of taking the time to thank those who help us on our life journeys. “It’s nice to see so many students attending the event,” said Kujawa-Holbrook. “This really shows that our students are aware that we do not make it through life without the aid of others.”
The staff prepared a delicious barbeque feast in addition to setting up activity booths throughout the Edgar Center so that students could catch up with colleagues and friends. Many students stopped by the celebration just to leave a message. “I think it is a very good idea to publicly remember that we are able to have a world class education because of the generosity of donors,” said one master’s student.
In 2013, CST received 4 million dollars of charitable contributions from more than six hundred donors. About thirty-one percent of donors are alumni/ae.
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