By: Sean Godfrey
San Chez Bistro, located in Downtown Grand Rapids, played host to 2013’s Senior Sendoff last Thursday. It was a night of laughter, great food, tears, drinks, and emotional goodbyes. Twenty seniors are graduating from our program and heading global, spanning to places as far west as Denver, and as far east as Ireland.
After a few drinks, and hopefully too many pictures, the night began with our MC, FSU PR alum Troy Vos. Dinner followed shortly after, and then the speeches began, including an original song from our very own, Dr. B. It was a heartfelt night.
“It’s tough getting so close with a group as amazing as our seniors and then having to say goodbye to them,” said Matt Main, junior in the program. “You get so close to everyone.”
In the past few years, PRSSA has evolved from just a typical program at Ferris, to a close-knit family identified by the hashtag #PRPeeps. Last year, I saw this change for myself. PRSSA, before my time here at Ferris, has always been a close-knit group. However, last year’s senior class brought the hashtag PR Peeps into the mix. This hashtag meant more to us than just a prefix starting with the symbol #. It brought us together as a family.
I can only imagine the bond this years seniors have managed to create with each other. As we grow stronger each year under the direction of Dr. Patrick Bishop, as well as several other influential professors, we grew close friendships with our peers. When it comes time for my senior sendoff, I may have to follow suit with this years graduating class and choke back a few tears.
“This Senior Sendoff was my very first, and I couldn’t have had more fun,” said Natalie Bycraft, a freshman in the program. “I am so glad that I was surrounded by such great people and amazing friends.”
Graduation is never goodbye. It may mean separation for an indefinite amount of time, but never goodbye. As we all follow different paths in our lives, we never stray from our roots. I’m so proud to call myself a #PRpeep, and I think I can speak on behalf of our entire program when I say that this year’s graduating class will be missed tremendously.