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ESPN's Levy to Light the Way Commencement Eve

One of Oswego's most recognizable alumni will return to campus to host one of the college's longest standing traditions this May.

Steve Levy '87

The Oswego Alumni Association will welcome ESPN anchor Steve Levy '87 as this year's master of ceremonies at the Commencement Eve Torchlight Ceremony May 13. All graduates of SUNY Oswego are invited to participate in a special edition of the annual event, which this year will launch the institution's Sesquicentennial celebration.

Levy has been an anchor on SportsCenter since joining ESPN in 1993.  He has also handled play-by-play of the NHL on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC Sports; college football on ESPN2; and the NCAA Division I men's hockey "Frozen Four."  He has also served as the studio host for ESPN's NHL telecasts and co-hosted The NFL on ESPN Radio.

"Torchlight will officially launch the celebration of Oswego's Sesquicentennial anniversary," alumni association Executive Director Betsy Oberst said. "What better way to kick off this milestone year commemorating the college's rich history than with one of its greatest traditions?"

This year's high-profile alumnus host will also enhance the event, she said.

"Steve is a great example of the kind of successful graduates Oswego has produced for decades," Oberst said. "We think he will really resonate with this class, these torchbearers of Founder Edward Austin Sheldon's legacy."

Levy, for whom the press box in the Campus Center Convocation Arena is named, cut his teeth at WTOP-TV and WOCR-FM as a communication studies major at Oswego.

The Oswego graduate joins a diverse cast of recent emcees that includes World Wrestling Entertainment executive Donna Goldsmith '82; former gubernatorial press secretary and public relations executive Saleem Cheeks '01; popular Albany area television news anchor and reporter Benita Zahn '76; and 9/11 hero, New York Police Department Lt. John McLoughlin '75.

With the exception of Commencement, the Torchlight Ceremony is the longest-standing academic tradition on campus. "The Message of the Torch" was written more than 70 years ago by Lida Penfield, for whom Penfield Library was named.

Last year, seven decades of alumni were represented in the Inner Circle. To join the group that will symbolically welcome the class of 2011 to the Oswego Alumni Association, please RSVP by May 9 by calling 315-312-2258, sending e-mail to or visiting the OAA website.

"To commemorate the Sesquicentennial, we would really like to have every class represented this year," Oberst said. The Commencement ceremonies are already set to include one member from each class.

— Shane M. Liebler

Steve Levy '87 will be master of ceremonies at the Commencement Eve Torchlight Ceremony May 13.

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