By STEPHANIE CARN
There will be more than just seniors attending this year’s Senior Celebration on April 9.
Ren Allred, the director of Campus Alumni Programs said that while 1,500 graduates have picked up tickets for Senior Celebration, an additional 1,000 tickets have been purchased for guests of seniors.
Tickets for the Senior Celebration are free to all 1999 seniors who are graduating in April, August or December of this year. The cost for bringing a guest is $5 for each ticket. The money from the guest tickets will go towards the cost of food for those who attend the celebration.
“There is no limit on the number of guest tickets purchased by seniors, the only limitation we have is that the guests need to be adults,” Allred said.
Allred said that the Student Alumni Association is anticipating that around 5,500 seniors will attend this year’s celebration.
“The first year we had the celebration, around 1,500 people attended. Last year, there were about 2,500, so this year we are hoping there will be even more,” Allred said.
Kenny Sonnenberg, 23, a senior from Chicago majoring in business, said he hasn’t picked up his ticket for the senior celebration yet.
“I haven’t really thought about it too much with all the papers and final projects that I have coming due. But I’ll probably go,” Sonnenberg said.
Other seniors have already picked up their tickets and are looking forward to attending the celebration.
“Lots of my friends and I are going to meet there and we’re just going to hang out and have fun,” said Mat Larsen, 23, a senior from Alta Loma, Calif., majoring in communications marketing.
Allred said that fun is one of the reasons for the celebration.
“The whole idea behind the celebration is for students to create a bond with their classmates as well as have one more great experience at BYU,” he said.
Seniors have until April 7 to get their tickets for the celebration. Tickets can be picked up or purchased in the Alumni House.
Allred said having the tickets available only at the Alumni House makes it possible to keep a count of how many students to expect and gives numbers in advance of how much food to prepare.
“Another reason we have them pick up tickets here is because we want to create an awareness of the Alumni House. We want students know that there is an organization for them after graduation,” he said.