How to Make The Most of Senior Days 2017

Posted by Sofia Villela on May 5, 2017

Attention seniors: with the end of the semester quickly approaching, it’s understandable for emotions to be running a bit high. I know that I, personally, am getting a bit teary-eyed just thinking about leaving a place that has introduced me to such amazing people, treasured experiences and, of course, beloved Nowl mac and cheese bites. But dry those eyes people, because Binghamton has just the cure!

With events like the Senior Cruise and Champagne Brunch, Senior Days 2017 is the perfect guide to properly commemorating your final moments here at Bing.

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A sunrise to remember

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Rise and shine, Bearcats! Bring a blanket and some shades to watch your final last day of classes begin with the Senior Sunrise.

The perfect Bearcat getaway

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Bon voyage! Head out to Seneca Lake to enjoy a scenic cruise with fellow seniors. Transportation, cruise tickets and a full meal is all included with the $50 admission cost. Count me in! Sign up now.

Bring your A-game to the University Union

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Seniors can enjoy free bowling, billiards and ping pong simply by showing their student ID! Bring along a group of friends and wager your remaining BUC$ on a friendly night of competition in the University Union Basement.

Do graduation in HD

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Commencement is a time we hope to remember for the rest of our lives, and what better way to do that then with some high-class photos! The Binghamton University Alumni Association has generously offered up free professional graduation photos at the Binghamton Berm, so sign up and suit up, Bearcats.

Exchange goodbyes with your favorite profs

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Various departments and offices on campus will be hosting an "open house" for seniors, giving them the chance to drop by and connect with staff and faculty for possibly the last time before commencement rolls around. Definitely make use of this opportunity to say goodbye and give thanks to some of your favorite professors here at Bing!

Cheers to Champagne Brunch!

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The Alumni Association will be hosting a senior champagne brunch in the Events Center to celebrate seniors' achievements and to give them a warm welcome into the Binghamton alumni community. The event will be MCed by campus' improv group The Pappy Parker Players and feature performances from student a cappella groups, including my group, Rhythm Method!

Cap and gown pickup

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Everyone's dying to get in on this season's commencement fashions. Be sure to pick up your graduation gear in the Bennet Alumni Lounge so you can rock commencement in style! #Pantone342, am I right?

ALSO Friday, May 12 the Alumni Association is hosting a pick-up party just for you! Grab your cap and gown, a free T-shirt, food and enter for a chance to win an iPad. Celebrate your last green day Friday in the Lounge with music and Baxter the Bearcat himself.

Unwind with a walk in the park

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Photo by: BingPop

Take a post-finals break to relax at Rec Park, one of my absolute favorite spots on the Westside. There will be free food, a DJ and a whole lotta trees -- what more could you ask for?

Binghamton's first ever Lavender Graduation

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The Q Center hosted it's first annual lavender graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 4 in the C4 Multipurpose Room to honor graduates of the LGBTQ community. This ceremony included guest speakers, lavender graduation cap tassels, and awards. One such award, the "Ellen Degeneres 'Sunshine' Award," celebrates a graduating member of the LGBTQ community who's an optimistic and friendly presence on campus.

Cue the bagpipes...

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We've finally made it! Commencement ceremonies begin Friday, May 19 and continue through Sunday, May 21. Congradulations, Bearcats.

Click for the entire Senior Days 2017 schedule. And for more information on commencement, check out Binghamton's official site.

Sofia Villela is a senior and native of Albany, N.Y., interning with the University's Office of Media and Public Relations. On campus, she takes part in women's club soccer and The Rhythm Method a cappella group. Off campus, she takes part in dance parties with her housemates and FaceTimes with her dog, Frida.

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