What is Senior Week?
At the end of every spring semester is Senior Week, an entire week of events dedicated to the celebration of the outgoing class. Are you graduating in December and not in May? Don't worry! You're invited to participate as well. Though we can't share all Senior Week traditions, as some are just for seniors to know, here are few to look forward to.
The Senior Week Committee is selected entirely in secret. Nominated by faculty and staff, students are selected based upon their embodiment of the university's values of, intellectual development, global citizenship, and personal growth. Seniors who are selected are anonymously notified and invited to meet at a secret room on campus, where they accept the offer to serve the senior class and Stetson University one last time.
At this kick off event, the university President offers encouraging remarks to the senior class and offers a real champagne toast! Seniors also get to keep their champagne flute as a keepsake.
The "Book of Seniors" is a large, leather-bound book where the signatures of outgoing seniors are kept. Seniors line up and climb to the top of a campus building, take pictures, hang out, enjoy the view, and of course sign the Book of Seniors. Students are allowed to write whatever the like - draw pictures, write quotes, etc. The book is kept and passed down each year to the next class. Most students write encouraging words to future graduating classes.
The final event of Senior Week is Torch, a bonfire commemorating the senior class's time at Stetson. Two seniors are selected by the Senior Week Committee to represent the class and light the bonfire itself. The event also features a number of student and guest speakers.