Over 100 students attended the Senior Send-Off on Wednesday, April 24, 2024, at the David Park House. (Micah Friez / Bemidji State)
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By Micah Friez

Published 12:34 p.m. on April 25, 2024

Bemidji State University’s alumni body is about to gain a new batch of Beavers.

The Alumni & Foundation hosted the annual Senior Send-Off on Wednesday, April 24, on a sun-drenched David Park House lawn, where soon-to-be graduates swung by to celebrate their monumental triumphs at BSU with free food and drinks, giveaway prizes and more. Over 100 students attended the event to partake in one last hurrah before next week’s commencement ceremonies.

“Senior Send-Off serves as a symbolic transition from student life to alumni status,” said Angela Schmidt, the BSUAF’s director of alumni relations. “Seniors can reflect on their time at BSU, celebrate their accomplishments and bid farewell to their college experience.”

The event featured a keynote address from Lisa Kittleson, a 2016 Bemidji State graduate and a current member of the Alumni & Foundation’s board of directors. She stressed the significance of being “Beavers for life,” including the fun and instant camaraderie alumni can experience when meeting a fellow BSU grad beyond campus.

“These graduates represent the next generation of leaders, professionals and advocates who will carry forward the values and traditions of BSU,” Schmidt said. “For the Alumni & Foundation, welcoming the newest class of graduates into the alumni family is incredibly exciting and gratifying.”

Attendees also participated in a digital “Senior Time Capsule,” which will offer a glimpse into the people and personalities of the class of 2024. The project will debut on History in the Pines after commencement.

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