The last time the Class of 2012 gathered together was for Matriculation at the start of freshman year. Now, before the seniors gather together one last time, for Commencement, there’s a whole week of festivities planned to celebrate their accomplishments. Senior Week is laden with parties and adventures, including a champagne toast with President Brown, a night at Foxwoods Casino, a BU-only day at Six Flags Theme Park, a Red Sox game, and many other fun events for seniors.
Tickets for some events are already sold out, but those still available can be purchased here. Tickets can be picked up at the George Sherman Union activities information desk, 775 Commonwealth Ave. Visit the BU Senior Week Facebook page or BU Seniors 2012 Facebook page to find out about extra ticket availability for currently sold-out events. Check there as well for any cancellations or changes in venue because of weather.
Saturday, May 12
Brownstone Adventure Park
Here’s a chance to check a year’s worth of items off your bucket list in one fell swoop. At Brownstone Adventure Park, in Portland, Conn., you’ll have the chance to go scuba diving, cliff jumping, wakeboarding, zip-lining, snorkeling, and rock climbing. On second thought, you might want to pace yourself, otherwise you may find it too painful to sit, stand, or even lie down during the rest of Senior Week.
The Brownstone Adventure Park trip is Saturday, May 12. Buses leave the GSU at 8 a.m. Tickets are $40 each, with a limit of two per person. You can purchase lunch there or bring your own. Note: the Brownstone outing is at the same time as the Newport, R.I., trip. Students cannot attend both events.
Newport, R.I., Tours
Wander the coastline, feast on lobster, tour the world-famous historic mansions, and indulge in shopping in picturesque Newport, R.I. This is a great way to wind down after finals and a relaxing way to ease into Senior Week.
Buses leave the GSU at 9 a.m. Tickets are $20, with a limit of two per person. The Newport trip is at the same time as the Brownstone Adventure Park trip. Students cannot attend both events.
Sunday, May 13
Have yet to get out to get out of Boston Harbor? Time’s running out. Hop on the Voyager III for a whale watching adventure that promises to be truly memorable.
The whale watch is Sunday, May 13. The boat leaves at 11 a.m., but guests are asked to arrive by 10:30 a.m. at Central Wharf, near the New England Aquarium. The boat returns to Central Wharf at 3 p.m. Tickets are $35 each, with a limit of two per person. Students attending this event can still attend the Foxwoods outing in the evening. More information is available here.
Foxwoods Resort and Casino
A night out at the glamorous Foxwoods Resort and Casino with 4,000 of your closest friends is sure to be unforgettable. Strut around in your most outrageous cocktail attire, see a show, shop, dine, and of course, try your luck at the gambling tables.
Buses for the Foxwoods Resort and Casino leave from the GSU at 4:30 p.m.; arrive at buses by 4 p.m. Buses depart from Foxwoods at 12:30 a.m. Tickets are $25 and include a food voucher, a keno ticket, and bus transportation to and from Foxwoods; a limit of two per person. Any non-BU guests must be 21-plus.
Monday, May 14
Looking for something to do with visiting friends or relatives? How ’bout an amphibious guided tour of Boston’s neighborhoods and historic sites by land and water aboard one of Boston’s authentic World War II amphibious landing vehicles.
There are two tours available on Monday, May 14. The first is from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the second from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $30, with a limit of two per person. The Duck Tours leave from the lawn in front of the College of Communication, 640 Commonwealth Ave.
Fenway Park Tour
Fenway Park, the venerable home of the Boston Red Sox, celebrated its centennial anniversary last month, but it still looks beautiful. Here’s a chance to steep yourself in baseball lore and learn more about the ballpark before tomorrow’s big game.
The tour take place Monday, May 14, at Fenway Park, 4 Yawkey Way, starting at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $12, with a limit of four per person. The Fenway Park tour is offered again on Thursday, May 17.
Boston Sea Party—Senior Boat Cruise
I’m on a boat! Here’s a chance to party the night away out on the water and under the stars with other members of the Class of 2012. The event includes free snacks and a cash bar for those 21-plus. What more could you ask?
The boat departs from 200 Seaport Blvd. at 8 p.m. on Monday, May 14. Boarding starts at 6:45 p.m. The boat returns at 11 p.m. and shuttle buses will be provided back to campus. Tickets are $35, with a limit of one per person.
Tuesday, May 15
Boston Red Sox vs. Seattle Mariners
Cheer on not only the Boston Red Sox as they face off against the Mariners at world-famous Fenway Park, but also Dylan Moir (COM’12), the winner of the Senior Class Gift drawing, as he throws out the first pitch.
The game is Tuesday, May 15, and the first pitch is at 4:05 p.m. Tickets are $28 for bleachers or $25 for pavilion-level standing room, with a limit of four per person.
Red Sox Game Viewing Party at the Baseball Tavern
If you’re more interested in watching the game from a barstool than the bleachers, head over to the Baseball Tavern, just a rogue pitch away from Fenway Park. Floors will be reserved for BU students. There will be free food and a cash bar.
The party is at the Baseball Tavern, 1270 Boylston St., on Tuesday, May 15, starting at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $5, with a limit of two per person. Non-BU guests must be 21+.
Senior Year Student Outreach Project (SYSOP): Charles River Cleanup
You’ve spent the past four years walking along the Charles River and enjoying its stunning vistas. Here’s a chance to bid a loving farewell to the river you’ve come to love with a cleanup of Magazine Beach in Cambridge (across the BU Bridge from campus).
SYSOP: Charles River Cleanup is on Tuesday, May 15, from noon to 3 p.m.
Senior Year Student Outreach Project (SYSOP): Cradles to Crayons
Here’s another chance to give back before saying good-bye to BU. Take just a few hours from Senior Week to help out deserving kids in the Boston area. At Cradles to Crayons, student volunteers will sort and assemble packages of clothes, school supplies, and other necessities for low-income and homeless children.
SYSOP: Cradles to Crayons is on Tuesday, May 15, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Cradles to Crayons office, 155 North Beacon St., Brighton. Students are responsible for arriving at the site on their own.
BU Takes Over Six Flags
In what has become a staple of Senior Week, BU takes over the popular Six Flags amusement park and makes it seniors’ exclusive playground for the day. The entire park has been rented exclusively for BU seniors and their friends. Round-trip transportation, admission to the park and all the rides, and an all-you-can-eat BBQ are included.
The Six Flags trip is Wednesday, May 16. Buses leave the GSU at 9 a.m. and return at approximately 7 p.m. Six Flags is at 1623 Main St., Agawam, Mass. Note: students must take the provided transportation because the parking lot will be closed to all other vehicles. Tickets are $55, with no limit on number of tickets.
Thursday, May 17
Fenway Park Tour
Did you miss the first chance to tour Fenway Park? Not to fear—you have a second chance today.
The tour is Thursday, May 17, at Fenway Park, 4 Yawkey Way, starting at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $12, with a limit of four per person.
With just two and a half days to go, the clock is ticking down to Commencement. What better way to celebrate with your classmates than by dancing the night away?
Senior Bash will be held at the 808 Gallery, 808 Commonwealth Ave. Doors open at 9 pm. Tickets are $15, with a limit of two tickets per person. Any non-BU guests must be 21 plus.
Nothing says celebration like a glass of bubbly. Invite family and friends to join President Robert A. Brown and your favorite professors for this annual highlight of Senior Week.
The Champagne Reception will be held at the Track and Tennis Center, 100 Ashford St., on Friday, May 18, from 4 to 6 p.m. Tickets are $15, with no limit on number of tickets.
BU Today will be tweeting Commencement live this weekend via Twitter. Tell us what you are doing and what you are most excited about at #BU2012.
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