The party lasted just one night, but its proceeds will benefit Siena forever.

For a $35 ticket, members of the Class of 2022 were invited back to campus one night early to kickoff the spring semester at a seniors-only bash. The price of admission covered food, drinks, and there were additional opportunities to buy raffle prizes. Plus, participation earned each senior a spot on the class gift donor roll. The Grotto is being enhanced as part of the Patricia Gioia Hall Welcome Center renovation. The expansion includes a new bench (pictured in the artist rendering, below) that will be funded by the Class of 2022. The cost of the project is $20,000. The seniors raised more than half their goal at the kickoff party.

"I think it’s super important for seniors to participate in the class gift because it’s an opportunity to give back to the school as a 'thank you' for the past four years. Events such as the Champagne Toast and the Brunch and Bubbly are added bonuses to round out our college careers."

Caroline Clickman '22

Approximately 150 seniors helped to raise more than $10,000 on January 22 (you can track the progress toward their goal HERE). The senior kickoff party is an annual spring semester eve tradition, but for the first time this year, the event included belly rubs. Baloo made a special appearance, and he gained plenty of admirers, Caroline among them. "He absolutely stole my heart!" 

"The kickoff party was great! It was nice to be able to catch up with everyone from our class and see so many of my classmates in one place, especially after the last couple of semesters we have had. I’m excited to be able to share more moments like this with my friends and classmates before we all walk the stage in May!"

Riley Hall '22

There are only 107 days until they walk the stage (not that seniors are counting), and they have less than $7,000 to reach their goal. All Gold Dome Donors (Gifts of $100 or more by May 31) will be recognized for their support on a plaque near the new Grotto bench. 

"The Grotto renovation project is important to me as I have been able to use the Grotto as an escape. When I am going through a difficult situation, the first place I want to go to is the Grotto. There is an immediate calming effect it has on me, and many others in the Siena community. The Grotto is something unique to Siena and was one of the reasons I decided to attend almost four years ago."  

Jennie Holland '22