For the seniors graduating in December, it may in years past have felt like they were getting cheated out of their big final celebration for graduating college like traditional May graduate enjoy.
That’s why the Alumni Association has teamed up with the senior class officers to help organize a senior class social, in part to give December grads special recognition.
On Nov. 18, there will be an informal, casual celebration for the senior students. From 6-7:30 p.m. in the 1787 room, there will be food, raffles, cash prizes, giveaways and a simple chance to mingle for the senior class. Alumni will also be there to inspire and assure the seniors that they will survive after graduation.
“We want people to be able to learn what alumni in their fields are doing and to sort of inspire them to not be scared for the future and know that people have been successful graduating in their majors,” said senior class President Cassie Pinaire. “We also want a big attendance.”
December graduate Molly DeMellier has already been accepted to NYU for graduate school and has big plans. And although she perhaps has a jump start on what she is doing after Castleton, she still feels attending the senior social is important.
“I do really want to go. I think it’s important because this is the last time we are all going to be students here … it’s great that the college is taking the time and giving us a chance to have the closure and say goodbye,” she said.
December graduate Emmy Hescock said she thinks it will be popular.
“Having the food and gifts and having it relaxed is a good idea,” said Hescock.
Derek Fallon, another December grad, is hoping for a big turnout – and not just from students.
“It would also be kind of cool to see some professors there outside of class too,” he said.
The first senior class officer meeting will be held next Monday to discuss further plans for the senior class social and the event will be advertised with paper invitations, emails and Facebook.