At the end of the semester, I usually found myself leaving campus as quickly as possible, but with graduation and training for my internship, I got to see and experience all of the craziness that happens during a senior’s final week as a student.
The week kicked off with a craft night, where seniors were invited to decorate their caps.
As you can see, mine is a collage of over 80 memories that made me smile during my college career. It was a great way to look back at all of the things that I’ve done, and it was a fun game for friends and family to play an Ohio State version of “Where’s Waldo?” but with their faces.
Monday night, seniors were invited to a champagne toast at the Longaberger House with the Ohio State Alumni Association. It was a great opportunity to come together to celebrate with many of the people with whom I’ve worked with the last (four) year(s) and also reconnect with a number of Buckeyes who had an impact on my journey.
Tuesday, the last official day of finals, is dubbed “Senior Bar Crawl,” an event where graduating students “crawl,” or visit, almost every bar on High Street. Beginning at noon, students would go from North campus to South campus, or vice versa, to each of the participating locations. Along the way, I ran into several of the friendly faces who shaped my Ohio State experience, scored several free drinks, and overall had the best experience I’ve ever had at campus bars. It was such a fun atmosphere and it made me regret not participating with my senior friends last year.
*RIP Ugly Tuna’s*
Also happening during the week were various tours of classic Ohio State places, unique senior-invited experiences, and even helicopter rides over campus.
The Friday prior to commencement, graduates can attend an optional rehearsal for the graduation ceremony. The instructions were really easy to follow, and the process was pretty painless. After, the Alumni Association hosted a “Senior Fest,” where students could get information about post-grad opportunities, a free shirt, and a few other goodies.
That night, the Department of Theatre hosted their own commencement ceremony, where graduating students and their families celebrated the accomplishments of the department while also sending us off in the true, quirky fashion that I’ve come to appreciate immensely.
My stand-in parent, Teresa!
One of my favorite experiences of the week, however, was the opportunity to go into the ‘Shoe the day before graduation and explore several locations I’d never been before. Whether it was the Press Box…
… the Presidential Suite, TBDBITL’s practice room, or other fun spaces…
…it was awesome to run around one of my favorite places one last time before the big walk.
Saturday night ended with the Candlelight Ceremony, an opportunity for students to come together to reflect on the last four years, under the stars among their peers and families, and, as Dr. J so eloquently put it, realize that the bells of Orton Hall will always call us home.
It was definitely one of the busiest weeks of my life, but after four years of hard work, I loved having the opportunity to celebrate campus and my experiences throughout the week. It made me so appreciative for all of the opportunities I’ve had because of this university and set quite a tone for graduation day.