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Senior Week: the Gala, Baccalaureate, and Commencement

May 13, 2014
By Karen Bauer'16

Although the academic year is coming to a close, Senior Week is upon us. Falling this year on May 15-May 18, Senior Week is the time for seniors to share a few last memories together before graduation. During these days, the Senior Gala and the Baccalaureate program will take place, followed by the Commencement ceremony.

Exclusively for seniors, faculty, and staff, the Senior Gala will be held from 7-10 p.m. on Thursday, May 15. Gala is a time for everyone to celebrate with hors d’oeuvres, music, and dancing. It will be held in the Center for the Science’s atrium and feature music from Thunderjunk, the faculty and staff band.

The Baccalaureate program, a farewell ceremony, will be held at Eaton Chapel on Saturday, May 17, at 4:45 p.m. This program, open to campus and the community, features members of the class of 2014 showcasing their multiple talents.

Courtney Yates’14 is the featured student speaker at Baccalaureate. After submitting an application to the Senior Class officers, Yates was chosen among many of her peers to deliver the address. “I am walking away feeling more at home and appreciative of the [Beloit] experience than I could have ever hoped,” said Yates, about being selected as the speaker. “I will be able to give back to Beloit in a way that I feel very lucky to do.”

The final event of Senior Week is Commencement, a ceremony open to everyone on campus, and family, friends, and the community. This event will be held on Sunday, May 18 at 11 a.m. Assuming that it will be “sunny and 70,” (as President Bierman regularly predicts) the ceremony will take place in front of Middle College. If it happens to rain, Commencement will be moved to the Flood Arena in the Sports Center. Encouraging attendance to Senior Week events, Yates says: “Even if you didn't have the experience you wanted at Beloit, I think it's really important that you celebrate the fact that you've made it. College is hard and it's awesome that we are given the chance to celebrate our accomplishments with so many events. Without these events, I think graduating would feel a lot more lackluster than it should.”

Visit the Commencement website for more information and details about Commencement and other Senior Week happenings.