By AMBER FURST
The Senior Celebration not only offers ice cream, pizza and a big party, but also prizes for members of the class of 1999.
The Celebration, April 9 at Cougar Stadium, and is a year-end celebration that honors the graduating class.
Students who are not graduating must pay $5 to attend the party, but it is free to graduates. Prizes can only be won by graduates of this year.
The prizes, which range from jewerly to vacations, were all donated by different merchants and companies.
Ren Allred, the director of campus alumni programs for the Alumni Association, said the prizes and party give students a chance to learn about the Alumni Association.
This year marks the third Senior Celebration, and all Allred said the prizes and party seem to get bigger every year.
“Hopefully students will remember the Senior Celebration and the prizes and want to get involved in the Alumni Association after they graduate,” Allred said.
Some of the prizes include a vacation package to Orlando, Fla., a television from R.C. Wiley, a Sony Discman and dinners at the Outback, TGI Fridays and Magleby’s.
Christian Demke, 24, a senior Brea, Calif., majoring in zoology, graduates this December and is planning to go to the Senior Celebration.
Demke has seen the prizes offered through the boards posted around campus and is impressed with the what is being offered this year.
“I’ve known about this since my sister graduated two years ago and it always seemed like a right of passage for seniors,” he said. “The prizes are a great incentive. I’d love to win a TV for the new house I move into when I graduate.”
Jason Wheeler, 24, a junior from Swink, Colo., majoring in business is going to attend this year’s celebration, but he is disappointed that he is not included in the prize winning.
“I thought I’d graduate this December and barely make the cutoff, but I won’t. This year I heard they’re offering a trip to Florida, so I can’t wait to see what they have for us next year,” he said.