Seniors gathered on March 4 for the 88 Days countdown to graduation-- a night of performances, photos, and toasts with the Chancellors to celebrate the final 88 days before Commencement. Left to right: Andre Lucas, Lily Mark, Arshaun Darabnia. On May 29, students performed at sunset, right before Shanghai’s Oriental Pearl Tower was lit up in violet for the third year in a row for NYU Shanghai’s graduating class. Students onstage at the Pearl Tower, in front of a massive audience of parents, fellow graduates, and friends. Group photo to mark the Lighting of the Pearl Tower and “Made in Shanghai” Performance. Giant banners spelled out "NYU Shanghai" in Lujiauzi The pearl tower lit up in violet. March 16 - After months of rain, seniors kicked back for a picnic at Century Park. They spent the afternoon relaxing in the sun, playing frisbee, and catching up with friends. Seniors sat through their last Global Perspectives on Society (GPS) lecture on March 25. Vice Chancellor Jeffrey Lehman took them back to Monday mornings during freshman year, when they spent hours together discussing everything from Xunzi to Kant. On this last meeting, the class discussed Being Mortal by Atul Gawande and reflected on what it means to live “a life of worth and purpose,” and “authoring” one’s life by leading rather than following. During Senior Week from March 25 -29, the Class of 2019 re-lived their first-year Orientation, had a much needed De-Stress Day, a Violet Spirit Day (wear purple, get a purple taro-flavored ice cream!) and a Game Night that included everything from Mahjong and Uno to Nintendo Switch and games of Mafia. Left to right: Lewis Liu, Min-Hsuan Huang, Huang Jiachen April 12 - Seniors scrambled around Shanghai’s Huangpu District, exploring the Bund by foot for the Midnight Scavenger Hunt. In small groups, they were tasked with objectives like eating late night foods and photographing landmarks like Waibaidu Bridge. April 20 was Senior Disney Day! True to NYU Shanghai tradition, all seniors grabbed a group snap in front of the iconic Shanghai Disney castle. Tang Zihan and Qian Xingying share a dance at NYU Shanghai’s Spring Formal at The Grand Kempinski Hotel. Based on NYU’s traditional Violet Ball, the theme of this year’s dance on May 3rd was “New York Nights.” May 4 -- Seniors brunched, enjoyed the view, and reminisced about the last four years at Kathleen’s Bistro on the Bund.