Owens Community College students want to help their peers through a cap and gown collection drive program. Owens wants college graduates to donate their old caps and gowns to graduating stuents who can't afford to buy their own.
Collected caps and gowns will be available for graduating students for the fall commencement for a $5 deposit that is returned once they return the items after the ceremony.
"Owens Community College's student government sees the cap and gown collection program as a great opportunity for college and university graduates to give back by donating their cap and gown to those less fortunate students," said Brad Fields, Owens student government president. "We want to make sure that the last thing students need to worry about on their special day is having enough money for a cap and gown."
According to Fields, the student government is accepting donated caps and gowns of all colors from other colleges and universities since they do not have to be Owens' traditional cap and gown commencement color of black.
"We intend to work with area colleges and universities and provide them with the donated caps and gowns to assist their own students," he said.
Area residents can drop off their caps and gowns on the Toledo area campus at the Student Health and Activities Center room 165. On the Findlay area campus, the collection point is in the college TMs Student Services Center.
For more information about the collection drive or to donate, call (567) 661-7583 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7583.