On Friday, April 22, the Class of 2016 was treated to two separate events to celebrate their upcoming graduation.
First, the Office of Alumni Relations hosted the well-attended Senior Fun Day at the President’s iconic home, to welcome the Class of 2016 to the Mount St. Mary’s University alumni network. The event included a 21+ Beer Garden, t-shirts for those who RSVP’d for the event, several different yard games, food and a toast to the seniors by Acting President, Karl Einolf.
Colleen Higgins was one of the many seniors who attended and enjoyed the community that she was able to share with her fellow seniors, “It was great! It was really nice to have all of the seniors together to celebrate.”
Megumi Madura commented, “It’s always nice to have senior only events.”
Several people spoke at the event, including Bob Brennan, Vice President for University Advancement and Acting President Karl Einolf. Both spoke of their love for the Mount and of their hopes for the graduating class. Juliana Lombardi, Secretary of the Class of 2016, led her fellow seniors in a short prayer thanking God for their time at the Mount and His guidance in their futures.
Later that night, the seniors reconvened for their second Senior Piano Bar of the year at Club 1808. After a fantastic Piano Bar that kicked off the fall semester, the senior class was thrilled to be able to experience the event again.
Though supposed to have taken place in the Academic Plaza outside Knott Academic Center, the rain forced the event to move inside. The poor weather didn’t dampen anyone’s fun.
“Even though the weather didn’t hold out, I still think everyone had a good time,” Madura added, “They played a lot of songs we could dance and sing along to.”
Emily Glass declared: “Senior piano bar was one of the best nights of the semester because it was nothing but dancing, singing, and laughing with my best friends.”
Indeed, it seemed as if the entirety of the senior class was in 1808 on Friday night, dancing and singing along to current favorites, such as “Shake it Off,’’ “Shut Up and Dance,” “Uptown Funk,” and “My House,” including some throwbacks such as “I Want it That Way,” “Baby Got Back,” and “Ignition.”
“As Graduation approaches,” Meghan Kelly noted, “it was just great to be able to relax and have fun with other members of our class.”
It was an event that brought the entire class together and helped them bond as they enter into their final few weeks as Mount students.
Glass agreed, “After growing closer and working hard over the past four years, this weekend was a celebration of our time together here at the Mount.”