Each year towards the end of the spring semester, a series of events is held for the graduating class. “Senior week is a series of events that provide graduating seniors with an opportunity to end their career at LIU Post in a fun and memorable way,” said Michael Berthel, Director of Campus Life.
According to Berthel, Campus Life hosts senior week, with assistance from LIU Promise and the Student Government Association (SGA). Some of these events include a senior cruise, also known as a “booze cruise,” a trip to Dave and Busters, an alumni barbeque, and the senior formal.
Students are involved in the planning of junsenior week, according to Berthel; the SGA has a senior government who are involved in planning the events. “The schedule is set for this year, but we would encourage juniors to get involved early to have their voice heard,” Berthel said. Members from SGA and
the Association for Campus Programming (ACP) said that neither of the clubs were involved in planning the week’s events, and that Campus Life did all the planning.
According to Berthel, this year’s senior formal will have a different twist to it. “We are opening the senior formal to allow seniors to bring guests,” Berthel added. “We heard feedback from a lot of seniors that they wanted to opportunity to bring a guest with them to this event. It is important to us that we listen to the students and as a result, will be allowing them to purchase guest tickets next week.”
“I think the students will really enjoy senior week. It is always a big hit, and I believe it will be a success,” said Nicole Balnis, a junior Psychology major, and treasurer of SGA.
Despite that it is an entire week of events dedicated to the senior class, not all seniors are excited or even attending some of the events. “I’m not that excited, but I will be doing the cruise,” said Victoria Gentil, a senior Business Management major. “I think people would go to something like the cruise where there is free alcohol and can go somewhere to socialize and have fun” Gentil said.
According to Berthel, the senior cruise is the most successful event each year, attracting a large amount of seniors.
Tickets for senior week went on sale March 30, and the events will be running from April 28 to May 2. All seniors should have received an email to their LIU account with the event schedule. Seniors can buy tickets for each individual event, or as a package at a discounted rate of $120. Individual tickets are priced around $15 or more, and can be purchased at the Campus Concierge in Hillwood Commons; students need their LIU ID card with them to buy tickets. The cost of tickets for some of the events, such as Dave and Busters and the senior formal, will be discounted. All proceeds earned from ticket sales are going to the cost of the events.