“Senior week is a time to reminisce on the past four years and celebrate your graduation with your classmates, and your best friends,” said senior Victoria Huggan.
A casino and club trip, free food and multiple formal events are all activities that Sacred Heart University’s class of 2022 are able to participate in directly after finishing finals. Themed “Viva Las Senior Week,” these events on May 10-13 will lead up to the 2022 commencement ceremony.
“Since this is the first senior week in about three years, the Student Government Senior Class Board and the department of Student Engagement and Involvement have decided to go big and put on a casino themed senior week,” class of 2022 President, Olivia Champonis, said.
The Commencement page on the university’s website shares the agenda for the week.
Following a brief information and safety meeting on Tuesday, May 10, a shuttle will depart towards the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Conn. Seniors can spend their evening gambling at the casino or partying at Avalon Night Club, prior to sleeping at the hotel.
Beginning on Wednesday, May 11, students are offered the opportunity to reside in either Elizabeth Ann Seton Hall or Thomas Merton Hall for the remainder of the week. While this is optional, many seniors are looking forward to it.
“I am most excited to move back into the freshman dorms with my friends for a few days,” said senior Gian Capolino.
Wednesday evening will entail a casual trip to Stonebridge Restaurant in Milford. Free beverages and food will be provided.
“The next day is the Commencement Ball in which seniors get to be together as a class one last time to celebrate our accomplishments all while we enjoy food, music and specialty drinks,” Champonis said.
The Commencement Ball will be held in the North Parking Lot at Sacred Heart on the evening of Thursday, May 12. This is a formal event with an open bar and DJ.
Finally, on Friday, May 13, the day preceding commencement, a Family Soiree will take place. This event will also be held in the North Parking Lot. The class of 2022 is welcome to invite family and friends to celebrate their final night before graduating.
Although Commencement may not officially be considered a part of senior week, it takes place on Saturday, May 14 to honor all eligible seniors.
“This is the first senior week to occur since the class of 2019, our freshmen year, due to the Covid pandemic, so we are all really excited,” said Champonis.
Those planning on attending senior week events can purchase an event package with admission to all events, or individually purchase tickets.
Registration for senior week is available until Wednesday, Mar. 23 either through an online form or in the Student Life office.
“This is a great time to have fun with friends, get a little reckless (in the safest way possible), and celebrate with some classmates we may have never met before because we all were able to reach a common goal together; graduating college,” Champonis said.