Faculty Hall of Fame – Winter 2015

Hugh Burritt with his wife, Grace

The next time you hear the ceremonial trumpets at Torchlight or Commencement, you can thank Hugh Burritt. Burritt, the former chair of the Music Department, is responsible for bringing music to SUNY Oswego ceremonies. The herald trumpets that play during public ceremonies are the original ones he bought 40 years ago. Initially, the trumpets were

Alumni Association Welcomes Class of 2014 During Commencement Eve Torchlight Ceremony

Constance Schwartz ’90

Constance Schwartz ’90, a partner at SMAC Entertainment, delivered the keynote address to the nearly 600 graduates, family and friends who attended the Oswego Alumni Association’s annual Torchlight Eve Commencement Dinner in the Convocation Arena on May 16. The talent manager and alumna of Oswego’s marketing program charged the Class of 2014 attendees to approach

Video: Torchlight Ceremony speaker Yvonne Spicer ’84 M ’85

Video: Torchlight Ceremony speaker Yvonne Spicer '84 M '85

The Oswego Alumni Association welcomed Yvonne Spicer ’84, M ’85 as this year’s mistress of ceremonies at the Commencement Eve Dinner and Torchlight Ceremony May 11.

“You are deeply immersed in the digital native generation,” she told 700 students, faculty, staff and family gathered for Commencement Eve Dinner. “Many of the jobs you will have, have not been invented yet.”

Spicer is vice president of advocacy and educational partnerships for the National Center for Technological Literacy based at the Museum of Science, Boston.

‘Go be great,’ Levy tells seniors

Steve Levy at Torchlight 2011

As an ESPN anchor, Steve Levy ’87 is used to getting some of the hottest

tickets around — Super Bowls, World Series, you name it. But he showed seniors at the annual Commencement Eve Dinner his “golden ticket” — saved for three decades — a letter dated March 2, 1983, confirming his admission into SUNY Oswego.

No. 18 – Torchlight Ceremony

Oswego Torchlight 1938

Ever since it was instituted to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the college, the Torchlight Ceremony has been a tradition on the eve of Commencement. Written by Lida S. Penfield, for whom Penfield Library is named, the “Message of the Torch” welcomes graduates into the Oswego Alumni Association.