Susquehanna’s graduating class worked hard to reach the milestone that is Commencement. The university celebrates them and their achievements by hosting a variety of special events. Senior Scholars Day is an opportunity for seniors to showcase and present what they’ve learned throughout their academic career at SU. Senior Week, the week leading up to Commencement, is filled with fun university traditions — including trips to lively spots around the area, lawn games and complimentary food trucks and beverages — so graduates can kick back, relax and celebrate with their friends before heading out into the world.


2022 Senior Week Schedule of Events

*Schedule of events will continue to be updated as details are finalized.

FRIDAY, MAY 20

Senior Week Wristband Pick-Up, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Student Life Suite in Degenstein Campus Center

Happy Hour, 5–6 p.m., Hawk’s Nest


SATURDAY, MAY 21

POSTPONED TO THURSDAY, MAY 26 due to weather: Senior Hike, 10 a.m.–1 p.m., departs from Weber Chapel

Last Dance, 9 p.m. –1 a.m., TRAX


SUNDAY, MAY 22

BrewFest, 1–5 p.m., Smith Lawn (rain location: Degenstein Campus Center)


MONDAY, MAY 23

First-Generation Pinning Ceremony, 10 a.m., Stretansky Hall

Brunch & Mimosas, 11 a.m.–1 p.m., Evert Dining Room, Degenstein Campus Center

Susquehanna Bonfire, 9–10 p.m., Arthur Football Practice Field


TUESDAY, MAY 24

Winery & Brewery Tours, 1:30–6 p.m., departs from Degenstein Campus Center (arrive early to check-in)

Food Trucks on 18th Street, 10 p.m.–midnight, 18th St. Commons

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25

Team Sports Day, Noon–4 p.m., Arthur Stadium and sand volleyball court

Outdoor Concert with Grayson Moon, 7:30–10 p.m., Degenstein Lawn
(rain location: TRAX)

Final grades are made available in mySU.


THURSDAY, MAY 26

Cap & Gown Distribution, 9 a.m–4 p.m., Benjamin Apple Meeting Rooms, Degenstein Campus Center

Senior Hike, 10 a.m.–1 p.m., departs from Weber Chapel

Summer, Snacks & Slides, 1–5 p.m., Smith Lawn (rain location: TRAX)

Senior Champions Event, 6–7 p.m., Degenstein Lawn


 FRIDAY, MAY 27

Cap & Gown Distribution, 9 a.m–4 p.m., Benjamin Apple Meeting Rooms, Degenstein Campus Center

Luncheon for Graduates, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Evert Dining Room, Degenstein Campus Center

Mandatory Commencement Rehearsal, 2 p.m., Weber Chapel

Graduation Photo Spots, 4–7 p.m., multiple locations around campus

Baccalaureate, 7:30 p.m., Weber Chapel

Senior Hike

It’s a beautiful day in May and Commencement is just around the corner. Busloads of seniors are gathered and waiting, ready to hike up nearby Mt. Mahanoy with the president.

The Senior Hike is a long-standing tradition, which dates back to the 19th century and was revived in the early 2000s, where the university president leads the senior class up Mt. Mahanoy on a relatively short, but steep, trail. In less than an hour, hikers will climb 1,400 feet. On the best of days, it is a difficult walk.

At the summit, seniors gaze upon the Susquehanna River Valley below as Jennifer Elick, associate professor of earth & environmental sciences, tells of how the land was carved by glaciers, influencing the Susquehanna River’s flow. It is likely their last lecture from a Susquehanna professor.

The president delivers words of encouragement and inspiration, photos with friends and the president are taken, and many laughs and hugs are shared. Then it’s back down the mountain to head to campus, where, in just a few days, seniors will proudly walk across the stage to receive their diplomas.

Senior Scholars Day

Susquehanna students have a multitude of opportunities to do undergraduate research, perfect musical skills, create artwork and work on projects related to their field of study.

With the closing of the spring semester, seniors have the chance to show off their hard work to faculty, staff, students and the public on Senior Scholars Day. Throughout the day, students present research findings in the form of poster displays and oral presentations, music students perform in recitals, and those majoring in graphic design and studio art curate their Senior Graphic Design & Studio Art Show in The Lore Degenstein Gallery.

The day also allows students to honor those professors they have worked so closely with during their time at Susquehanna.

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