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The class of 2014 will enter the post graduate world wearing navy and mint, bumping to “Wake me up” by Avicii, holding Sunflowers, and bearing in mind the words of Dr. Suess, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not”.
On Thursday, February 6th seniors gathered in Founder’s Pub to celebrate the 100 remaining days until their graduation in May. The venue was standing room only as members of the class of 2014, alongside faculty and alumni, crammed into the cozy watering hole in the basement of the student center. The two helpless souls working behind the bar dutifully shuffled through a seemingly never-ending line of student drink orders brought about the promise of a free drink ticket to any student with the foresight to pre-register for the event online. Upon further consideration, it was probably the very same drink tickets that were responsible for the massive number of attendees. The overwhelming turnout was a shock to members of the senior class cabinet, evoking a remark from class president Ben Longstreth as he took the stage.
“This is awesome. I think this is the best turnout that this event has gotten in a long time”
After allowing for the class of 2014 to mingle and connect for few moments, the class cabinet took the stage to recite poems that doubled as introductions for those faculty members chosen to represent the outgoing tigers as honorary members of the class, culminating with the most heartfelt addition to this year’s seniors, Ann McGree, beloved member of the Wittenberg community for 32 years who passed away on the 30th of Januray.
Seniors laughed and cheered at a slideshow commemorating selected moments of not from their time at Wittenberg before, at last, the moment that everyone in attendance had been impatiently biting their nails in suspense over. Olympic Gold medalist and sportscaster Donna de Varona was announced as the selection for this year’s commencement speaker. This came following the much less anticipated reveal of the colors, flower, song, and quote, that best represent the entirety of those leaving Wittenberg in May for pursuits and careers that will carry them all across the country.
“The Senior class cabinet is beyond thrilled with the outcome of the 100 days til graduation event,” said cabinet representative Erin Lloyd, “We’re looking forward to the other events we have planned to hang out as a class as well”
Last Thursday’s event was just a taste of what is to come as the class cabinet has more events to come as graduation draws closer. Based on the success of the initial turnout, the anticipation for future get-togethers is set considerable.