Graduating seniors are feverishly wrapping up those final projects, making career plans and enjoying their last days as West Virginia University students.

Before leaving the University, seniors are invited to celebrate one last time as part of the Senior Send-off: A Zero-Year Reunion—a special event for graduates hosted by the WVU Alumni Association and the WVU Division of Student Affairs at The Erickson Alumni Center on April 25.

The reunion, a part of the Senior Year Experience, offers a chance for our soon-to-be graduates to hang out with friends, enjoy music by featured MTV musician Jackson Monsour and visit their alumni home. The event includes food and beverages and prizes, including WVU gear, a life membership in the WVU Alumni Association, football and basketball tickets. The event, which is free and open to all graduating seniors, will take place on Thursday, April 25, from 5-8 p.m. at The Erickson Alumni Center.

“This special celebration provides an opportunity for our newest graduates to reminisce about their time at WVU—while celebrating what they have worked so hard for—graduation,” said vice president for Student Affairs Ken Gray. “The Senior Send Off: A Zero-Year Reunion recognizes the hard work and contributions made by our students during their WVU years.”

The event will also provide seniors with an opportunity to “cap off” their time at WVU in a special way. Students can bring their graduation caps with them and add a little glitz and creativity to their caps. And, seniors will sign a special graduation mat that will be framed and housed at the alumni center as a commemoration of this special event.

The reunion, now in its 14th year, also serves as an opportunity for seniors to see their first glimpse of life as WVU alumni. The WVU Alumni Association’s new grad webpage offers insights into life after WVU, as well as tips on how to stay connected to their alma mater, no matter where they may live. Graduating seniors will be able to “pin” their location after graduation on a special alumni map, learn more about alumni benefits, and share their one word to describe their WVU experience.

“Mountaineers have a very unique bond,” said Stephen L. Douglas, president and CEO, WVU Alumni Association. “Our alumni are always reaching out to help one of their own, particularly new grads, as they begin this next leg of their journey. And, we are committed to keeping them engaged and involved in life at WVU—no matter where they go. They are forever Mountaineers.”



Tara Curtis, WVU Alumni Association
(304) 293-0972,
Sheila Powell, Student Affairs
(304) 293-5811,

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