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University of Lynchburg giving graduates free business attire to help with job interviews

“Suit Yourself” helping students put their best foot forward

One local university is doing its part in helping graduates put their best foot forward.
One local university is doing its part in helping graduates put their best foot forward.

LYNCHBURG, Va. – Graduating from college can be a stressful time as now former students look to start a new chapter of their lives.

“A good majority of students on campus don’t have dress/business clothes yet,” said Sara Martin, a recent graduate of the University of Lynchburg.

There’s just one problem, she’s got to dress for success.

“Buying something just for an interview is a little bit stressful,” explained Martin.

It’s why her now alma mater is doing its part in helping graduates put their best foot forward.

“We’ve seen an increase in people who didn’t have the necessary attire to dress up, or the knowledge to dress up,” said University of Lynchburg Professor Jimmy Roux.

He and others are launching a “Suit Yourself” closet to offer free business casual attire for young men and women.

“It’s very expensive. Everything is expensive now days,” said Roux. “A lot of times, people don’t have the money.”

They’re just getting started, but the goal is to help students like Martin, who’s starting an internship in Richmond next week, get up, show up and dress up.

Whether it’s preparing graduates for a job interview or a graduate school interview, the university is hoping to make the transition a little less stressful.

To donate to Suit Yourself, contact the School of Social Sciences at 434-544-8397 or email phillips_cm@lynchburg.edu.


About the Author:

Kortney joined the 10 News team as a Lynchburg Bureau Reporter in May 2021.