Torchlight Ceremony to Welcome Newest Alumni
The Oswego Alumni Association has added an enhanced academic
procession to the annual Torchlight Ceremony, set for 9 p.m. May 14 in a tent
on the north lawn of the Campus
Faculty, staff and alumni, many in academic robes, will lead
the graduating seniors to the ceremony.
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.
"Each year since, on the eve of the May commencement, the Oswego
Alumni Association has celebrated the passing of the Torch of Learning from
faculty and staff to our newest graduates as they go out into the world,"
said Betsy Oberst, executive director of the alumni association. "It
marks a singular milestone for our graduates as they are welcomed into the
Oswego Alumni Association as its newest members.
"Steeped in tradition, Torchlight is one of Oswego's most moving
ceremonies," Oberst said.
Last year, seven decades of alumni were represented in the Inner Circle. To
join the group that will symbolically welcome the class of 2010 to the Oswego
Alumni Association, RSVP by May 10 by calling 315-312-2258, sending e-mail to email@example.com or
visiting the OAA website.
Donna Goldsmith ’82 will
share her experiences in the National Basketball Association and World Wrestling
Entertainment with the Class of 2010 members and their families during a special
dinner. She will then host the Torchlight Ceremony.
Goldsmith joins a cast of recent emcees that includes 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 Lt. John
Goldsmith spent a decade working in the NBA before joining
WWE, where she is currently chief operating officer. She previously served as
executive vice president for consumer products.
— Michele Reed
The Class of 2009 participates in the Torchlight Ceremony.
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