Hartwick Celebrates Last Day of Classes with Annual Extravaganza

May 21, 2010

The 25th Annual Last Day of Classes Bash took place on Friday, May 21 at 4 p.m. on Frisbee Field. Colorful tents featured traditional carnival fare, including hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, and cotton candy. Music floated over the crowd as students stood in line for balloon animals. The event is sponsored by Aramark Dining Services and H-CAB.

Students milled about, chatting with classmates and occasionally snapping pictures. Jousting gladiators competed to knock one another off of their pedestals. Several seniors took a moment to reminisce about their college experiences.

“I’m very sad to leave because I’m going to miss gatherings like this,” said Renee Vilbrin ’10.

“It’s strange that it’s the end,” said Sara Williams ’10. “I keep calling it the End of Days Bash signifying my graduation. It’s overwhelming.”

Kathleen Youngs ’10 added, “The last day of classes isn’t real to me.”

“It’s scary, actually,” said Christopher McSwiggin ’10. “I was walking back from the Commons earlier and thinking ‘I only have six more of these walks.’ It’s just starting to hit me now that I’m actually done. Life goes on, I guess.”

Some students played carnival games while others relaxed on the hill. The long-awaited warm weather provided a festive atmosphere for all. While many students indulged in a few moments of nostalgia, others celebrated the conclusion of another semester.

“It’s exhilarating to be finished,” said Dan Dimant ’11.

“I finished this year better than I thought I would,” Kelly Moffett ’11 said. “I’m really excited for what senior year will bring. I’m excited to study abroad in Spain next fall. I’m going to miss the seniors. They’re a really good class.”

By Alicia Walstad '10

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