As the academic year comes to an end, the Senior Class anticipates their graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 26th, marking the end of one very significant chapter in their lives.
The week leading up to graduation, however, is all about the fun times and sharing great memories with classmates who have been on the same journey at Stevens discovering who they are and what they want to pursue after college.
The Senior Week Committee has put a lot of hard work into creating different activity packages that cater to all students. Depending on their choice in events, the seniors can purchase a package that suites their individual interests.
"We tried to offer events that would appeal to a wide variety of people to accommodate the different types of people we have in our class," Rick Leung, president of the Senior Committee, says. "Also, we tried to include a range of differently priced events like the Senior BBQ, which is only $5, ranging up to the Senior Ball which is $100."
Rick mentioned that this was the largest Senior Week Committee at Stevens yet, which exemplifies the enthusiasm the Senior Class has about this week.
"The process of working on putting Senior Week together has been a lot of work, but I think it's going to pay off very nicely," says Rick.
Senior Week kicked off with a beer and wine tasting at Zeppelin Beer Garden on Thursday, May 19th.
Friday, students have the opportunity to see "Fuerza Bruta" one of most dazzling off-Broadway shows in NYC.
Saturday afternoon the seniors cheer on their knights at Medieval Times followed by a night of dancing at a four-hour open bar celebrated in a multiple-level dance floor venue at Park Avenue Bar and Grill in Weehawken.
The next day, the Senior Class enjoys a delicious BBQ on Palmer Lawn before they take a trip to Atlantic City for some casino entertainment.
After a full weekend of festivities, classmates take a day to relax and watch Pirates of the Caribbean in 3D in Hoboken Cinemas.
Students will need their rest before the big event – the annual, much anticipated Senior Ball – takes place on Tuesday night.
"We have an amazing new venue called Maritime Parc, which is found in Liberty State Park," enthuses Rick. "It has a very modern feel and we've added a few interesting touches to the decor that should be very nice!The breathtaking NYC skyline view makes the spot the perfect location for such an event."
The event will feature a cocktail hour with delicious hors d'oeuvres, the venue's signature drink (Maritime Punch), followed by a sit-down dinner.
Isabel Anderson, chair of one of the senior events, is also excited to see how the committee's hard work will pay off.
"The ball at Maritime Parc sounds amazing, but I am also definitely looking forward to the Cocktails on Park Avenue event."
Senior Week culminates the day before graduation with a senior dinner hosted by Dr. George Korfiatis, Provost and Interim President of Stevens, in Canavan Arena. The graduating class, trustees, faculty, and administrators will convene to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2011. Awards given to seniors will be presented at the dinner.
Senior Week would not have been possible without the long list of seniors who dedicated their time to put the events together.
"As part of the committee, we still have to make sure everything goes according to plan," says Isabel. "But that in itself is exciting."
The seniors embrace the good times Senior Week has to offer before graduation arrives.
"It's been a bit stressful making sure all of our events were properly planned," states Rick. "But now that Senior Week is finally here, we are all excited to see everyone enjoy our events!"