Graduates Celebrated at Traditional Torchlight Ceremony
The Oswego Alumni Association welcomed some of its newest
members during Commencement Eve Torchlight Ceremony, which drew more
than 650 alumni, graduating seniors, parents, faculty and staff to the north
lawn of the Campus
Some 200 seniors celebrated their pending graduation and symbolically shared a flame from the Torch of Learning with candles May 14. World Wrestling Entertainment COO Donna Goldsmith ’82 emceed the event, a campus tradition for more than seven decades.
“Now go proudly and take your knowledge into the wider world,” SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley said during her remarks. “Turn your thoughts to the problems that beset our society. Unleash your creativity in the service of humanity.”
Goldsmith, recently named the second
most powerful woman in sports by Forbes magazine, encouraged students to
give their time and talent back to Oswego
at the Torchlight Dinner that preceded the ceremony.
“Even with the demands of my job ... I take time to help steer SUNY Oswego graduates in the right direction,” the WWE chief operating officer said. “It’s really important that alumni connect with students.”
Goldsmith said she was “proud and privileged” to have career success rivaling that of high school classmates who went on to Ivy League institutions.
“SUNY Oswego played a major part in getting me where I am today,” said Goldsmith, whose career has also included executive positions at Revlon, Swatch Watch and the National Basketball Association. True to her words, she shared some straightforward advice with the graduates-to-be.
“Cut the text talk,” Goldsmith said, referring to the grammatically challenged mobile phone medium of communication. “You’re asking to get into business in a very competitive environment and you need to be your best.”
The 2010 senior class honored one of their best during the Torchlight Dinner. Business administration major Allison Rent ’10 was named Outstanding Senior, an award established in 2005 by Alice Massimi '02.
Rent, Vega co-president, Omicron Delta Kappa honor society member and Phi Beta Lamba honor society executive board volunteer, thanked her classmates, professors and parents in a short speech.
Karly Armstrong ’10 was Torchlight Dinner student mistress of ceremonies; Katie Margensey Batchelor ’10, Torchlight Ceremony student mistress of ceremonies; Janell Dutchess ’10, student speaker; Matt Slimowicz ’10, torchbearer; and representing the Class of 2010 in the Inner Circle were Meghan Agars ’10, Stefanie Beekman ’10, Brian Trahan ’10 and Matt Wysocki ’10.
Seniors also unveiled $10,500 they raised for their Class Gift, topping every total from the last decade.
The money will be distributed to campus causes of each donor’s choosing.
— Shane M. Liebler
Wrestling Entertainment COO Donna
Goldsmith ’82 speaks during the Torchlight Ceremony.
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