The Northland College student experience begins with the Everybody Party—an inclusive tradition that is listed as a favorite memory among students.

Students have now added a fitting ending with a semi-formal event they’ve named the Confluence, the coming together of two streams, or the bringing together of people.

The Confluence will feature northern Wisconsin’s premier seven-piece dance band, Room to Groove, Friday, May 27 on the campus mall at 7 p.m. The Confluence will be held after David Saetre’s last lecture at 4:30 p.m. and the senior champagne toast at 5:30 p.m.—on the eve before graduation.

“The idea is for seniors, their family members, fellow students, and the rest of campus and the larger community to come together in a semi-formal way one final time before summer,” said Alex Patterson, who is a key organizer of the event.

Patterson is a business management major and has been part of the Northland College Student Association (NCSA) for the past three years. He said NCSA has been discussing this idea for awhile. “I wanted to make it happen,” he said.

He started exploring the idea in October and the project morphed into Patterson’s senior capstone—his final piece to demonstrate the skills he’s obtained with his business management major. Patterson plans to pursue a master degree in higher education leadership.

In addition to live music, the Confluence will include dessert, raffles, and more. The event is family friendly, free and open to everyone.


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