Seasons May Change; Spring Banquet 2012

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
The spring theatre banquet is always highly anticipated. It is a night of celebrating the fantastic previous years as well as the graduating seniors, full of laughter, tears, and embarrassing pictures. Claire and Hannah did a fantastic job putting it together and the Druids really pulled together to make it spectacular. I am so blessed to be part of a theatre department that is such a unique, loving family. I'm not ready for these seniors to leave.

Banquet itself included a great meal, thousands of pictures, new Druid (theatre student society executive council) initiation and the revealing of new officers, scholarship announcements, lifetime passes for the seniors, and a slideshow that made us cry and cry. It was beautifully done. I am the new Druid President and I couldn't be more excited!

My favorite part of banquet is seeing everyone all spiffied up. Being a theatre major, there are some people that make a point to look fabulous all the time, but for banquet everyone puts on their best and shines! I am surrounded by gorgeous people, inside and out.

After banquet was the yearly Senior Rag where all the juniors dress up as our beloved seniors and create a skit making fun of them. As stressful as the planning and rehearsals were, I'd say it was a success. However, the real waterworks follows rag when it is time for senior wills. All of the seniors gather things they have been willed or things that are special to them, and they pass them down to those remaining in the department.

This year was quite unique. It began with a favorite professor who was moving and he gave away encouragements, comedy tapes, and swords, passing along favorite quotes and advice. Wills ended with a surprise proposal from one of the senior guys to his long-time girlfriend as he was preparing to be deployed with the army this fall. It was sweet and beautiful to see her shock and joy. His, too. What a night!

I held it together most of the night, shedding a few tears here and there as things were passed down to myself and others, but when my best friend and big Carissa ended her wills by pulling up a chair to sit in front of me, I lost it. I was audibly sobbing, overwhelmed by how much I love and will miss her. 

We go further back than anyone else in the department, and we had no idea for the longest time. Our parents were swing dancing partners in the early 90's and we knew each other as infants but had no clue until my freshman year at Baylor. I went to her second birthday party and her parents were around when I was born. What a crazy connection! I know the Lord meant for us to be best friends even then. Little did any of us know.  Carissa Jade has become such an important part of my life; I'm not going to let her go.

Needless to say, we all felt emotionally drained by the time wills ended at 2:30am (we started at roughly 8:45pm). I am so blessed to have spent three years with these seniors and I absolutely believe they are going to be so successful at whatever they do.

1 comment on "Seasons May Change; Spring Banquet 2012"
  1. 2:30 am?? I would be drained too!!!
    Looks like a great time and how cute about the surprise proposal!