May 22, 2024

On Feb. 2, the class of 2017 poured into Founders Bar to celebrate the countdown of 100 days until graduation. By the time the event was fully kicked off at 8:30 p.m., the music was drowned out by the roar of the senior class and the line to the bar was out the door. Faculty, staff and even some alumni came to the bar to help celebrate the beginning of the end for the seniors.

As the event commenced, students began to enjoy their first drink free as they reminisced about past experiences. Jeremy Barkley recalled his favorite moment at Witt, which was last year when his fraternity, Delta Sigma Phi, won Greek Week with their partnered sorority, Kappa Delta. However, he also noted that although it’s nice to remember the past, we still need to acknowledge and look forward to the future.

“Time goes faster than you think, so make the most of your remaining time,” Barkley said.

At the door, each senior was given a free drink ticket and a pamphlet to make contributions to the Senior Circle, which is an organization that funds the Wittenberg experience for future students. Created as a fundraising effort in 2010, this is a way for the graduating seniors to give back to the university and continue to provide future students with the same positive and enlightening experience they had at Wittenberg.

As a fundraiser to help the class of 2017, there will be a fundraiser with Chipotle on Feb. 22. So go ahead and hold back your inner Chipotle fiend until then while also helping to raise some money for the senior class.

Starting with nearly 600 students, coming from 29 states and 13 countries, the class of 2017 has come a long way since their first college courses in August of 2013.

“I can’t believe graduation is this close,” Brian Carman said. “I’m excited for the future, but sad that my time here at Witt is coming to an end.”

Numbers have dwindled, mistakes have been made and many challenges have been overcome. This event was a moment of realization where the class of 2017 could come together and reminisce about these moments of failure and success throughout the past four years with their friends and professors as they come closer to their chance to stomp the seal. However, this is not the end, just the beginning of it.

“I’m not done yet,” Muata Howard said. “This just reminds me I have 100 more days to put work in.”


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