As the academic year comes to a close, the Graduation Sunset Cruise, the beloved tradition of thesis students sailing off into the night on a charter boat, draws nearer. As plans for this celebration, dubbed ‘Booze Cruise,’ began in March, concerns were raised as to whether the cruise would happen at all in the face of the New College Student Alliance (NCSA) budget constraints. To the relief of many students, the Student Allocations Committee (SAC) was able to fund the event. Booze Cruise is set to occur on Wednesday, May 15.
“The only major update is that all the spots have been filled,” NCSA Chief of Staff Eleni Spanolios said in an email interview. Spanolios and fellow thesis students Evan Teal, Paola Baez-Perez and Riley Lewis organized this year’s Booze Cruise.
The cohort of 2015 has approximately 200 graduating students, but the boat only carries 110 passengers. However, all hope is not lost for thesis students who hope to experience a memorable night on the Sarasota Bay celebrating with their classmates.
“There is a wait list of people who want to see if a spot will open up,” Spanolios added. “To get on this list they should email me or Riley.”
Regardless of whether one secures a spot for one last night of debauchery on the water, a pre-cruise celebration is set to accommodate the entire graduating class.
“There will be a great pre-party with lots of food, a DJ and a photo area, so even if someone can’t come on the boat, they can enjoy that party,” Spanolios said.