Alumni Association to host Commencement Eve celebrations

Torchlight sceneThe Oswego Alumni Association will officially welcome its newest members from the Class of 2007 at the Commencement Eve Torchlight Ceremony at 9 p.m. Friday, May 18, at Sheldon Park.

The ceremony, one of Oswego’s longest-standing traditions, will bring students, families, faculty and staff together to celebrate achievements and cherish memories on the eve of graduation. 
Master of Ceremonies John McLoughlin ‘75 will be joined by Marybeth McMenemon ‘07, Caitlin Hankinson ‘07, Jonathon Roberts ‘07, Jennifer Tordy ‘07 and Jennifer Krusch ‘07 of the graduating class in leading the final event.

The entire evening will honor graduates, beginning with a 5:30 p.m. cocktail reception at the Forum in Hewitt Union.  A cash bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be available for students and their guests. 

Seniors are also invited to an elegant sit-down dinner featuring choice of beef tenderloin steak, stuffed chicken breast or risotto-stuffed peppers at 7 p.m. in the Hewitt Union ballroom.  The Outstanding Senior awards will be presented and all graduating seniors will be honored by McLoughlin and student Mistress of Ceremonies Lauren Dascher ‘07. Student tickets are $5, and family and friends are welcome to attend at the regular price. Advance online registration is required by May 11.

The evening’s special guest, McLoughlin spent 22 hours trapped beneath the rubble of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. The experience inspired the major motion picture World Trade Center, with Nicolas Cage portraying McLoughlin, then a sergeant for the Port Authority Police Department.

The Oswego Jazz Ensemble and State Singers will lead the Senior Sing in Sheldon Park (between Hewitt Union and Culkin Hall) at 8:30 p.m. Graduates will join the chorus in singing the alma mater before the entrance of the symbolic torch of learning at 9 p.m.

“Your last night as a student is a special event,” said Michelle Tackett-Spinner ‘98, associate director of alumni affairs. “The Torchlight Ceremony is a once-in-a-lifetime celebration to honor that.”

For more information about the Torchlight Ceremony, contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 312-2258 or visit the Commencement Eve site.

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(Posted: May 01, 2007)