West Virginia Universitys annual Senior Sendoff will kick off at 5 p.m. Thursday (April 26) at the Erickson Alumni Center.

Graduating seniors are encouraged to stop by and participate in this free farewell event.

Students will have an opportunity to enjoy their first official alumni event and gather one last time with their classmates before commencement,said Amanda Tranquillo of Student Affairs.

This years sendoff features a beach party theme and will include Mexican food, beverages, music and giveaways, she added.

Seniors will also be able to sign the 2007 Senior Sendoff commemorative picture mat, which will be framed and displayed in the new alumni center, and get their photos taken with the Mountaineer mascot.

The event is part of the WVU Senior-Year Experience. For more information, call Sheila Powell or Amanda Tranquillo at 304-293-5811.