By Nicole Curcio
As graduation approaches for the class of 2017, planned, end-of-semester senior events will bring them together for one last time before commencement. April is filled with senior events, including a graduation fair, cap decorating, paint night and formal, all leading up to the commencement ceremony on May 5.
The senior events will be held throughout the second half of April. On April 18 and 19, a “grad fair” will be held in the Hillwood Commons from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. “The Grad Fair offers graduates an opportunity to pick up their cap and gown, take senior photos, order a class ring, and take care of other graduation related tasks all at the same time,” Michael Berthel, associate dean of students, said.
Students of all years will line up outside of the Winnick Student Center on Wednesday, April 26 at 9:30 p.m. for Midnight Breakfast. An open buffet, featuring pancakes, waffles, french toast, hash browns, bacon, sausage, fruits and pastries will be available while students listen to music played by a dj in the main dining area. Students will be able to sign up for free massages in the Long Island room as a relaxer in preparation for finals week.
A senior formal will be held on April 27 at Jericho Terrace from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. Buses will depart campus at 6 p.m. from Hillwood Commons. Tickets are $60 and guests are $75. Each senior may bring one guest, according to the campus concierge, where tickets are being sold. Seniors and their guest may purchase tickets together but pay separately if desired. The formal will include a dinner, open bar and DJ. “I’m excited for senior formal because it is our last celebration together as undergraduates,” Alyssa Navas, a senior dance major said.
Senior events will continue on May 1 for senior paint night. Tickets are $10 and limited one per LIU senior ID. From 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. soon-to-be graduates will enjoy paint night at the End Zone in the Hillwood Commons. According to Berthel, wine will be an option for all seniors at least 21 years of age. On May 2, a cap decorating event will take place in the End Zone for those interested in making their graduation cap unique.
On the eve of graduation, at 8 p.m., graduating seniors will join together, clinking champagne glasses for the traditional senior toast on the patio of the mansion, overlooking the tent that they will be under the next morning. “The night will include a passed-down speech from the student government president, music, and an opportunity for graduates to reflect on their time at LIU,” Berthel said. “I think the toast at the mansion is very honorable and makes me feel proud to be an LIU Post graduate,” Navas said. The Nassau Community College transfer says she is grateful for Post’s events as her prior school “would never have something so intimate.”
Commencement is the final event of the week, with the entrance of graduates beginning at 10 a.m. Seating will be first come, first serve under the tent, with additional seating in Tilles, where a live stream will be presented. No tickets are required to attend the ceremony.
“We received a very positive response from senior week last year,” Berthel said. All of the events are designed to celebrate the class of 2017 and to end the seniors’ LIU undergraduate career on a positive and memorable note.”
Tickets for senior events, including the formal and paint night, can be purchased at the Campus Concierge Desk in the Hillwood Commons. Ticket purchases will be open through April 10.