Dear Sandra

Dear Sandra,

Does AU have mementos that students can purchase to remember their experience at AU? I’m completing my last course at the end of the month and I’d like a little something to remind me of my time here.


J. from Calgary

Dear J.

Congratulations on completing your studies! Your greatest mementos will come from attending AU’s convocation ceremony on the University grounds in June. The Athabasca University Students’ Union will be handing out gifts for the grads ( last year it was desk clock/calculators, this year it was black koskin portfolios) as they leave the stage. The Alumni Association also gives students some sort of AU memento as well and AU always has a booth set up near the robing area for recent graduates to purchase a wide range of AU emblazoned items.

If you can’t wait until June, AUSU sells t-shirts to students that request them by emailing the office at You can view these t-shirts by scrolling down the AUSU home page at You can also shop on-line for AU merchandise at Here you’ll be able to order jackets, parkas (how many other universities offer parkas as a promotional merchandise item? I’m sure this item portrays the stereotypical Eskimo image to our foreign students), pullovers, t-shirts, golf shirts, vests, ties, backpacks, watches, key rings, pins, pastry tins, mugs, umbrellas, golf balls, license plates, stuffed animals, and picture frames all with the classic AU logo imprinted on them.

Current AU students can also order books, or computer software at this same site. The prices are reasonable and you have the option of paying on-line by Visa, MasterCard or American Express.

I highly recommend the polar fleece vest! I love mine, but don’t be fooled by the sizes. I usually wear a large and the AU one I have is a medium. I hope you end up with something you like.


This column is for entertainment only. Sandra is not a professional counsellor, but is an AU student who would like to give personal advice about school and life to her peers. Please forward your questions to Sandra care of