1938 Torchlight

Then: The first recorded mention of Torchlight notes that on Alumni Day, June 12, 1937, the torch would pass from previous graduates to the president of the class of 1937, who "will then turn the torch, symbol of the spirit of learning, over to the president of the class of 1938 that the flame may remain in the institution," according to a Palladium-Times article. The message of the torch was written by English faculty member Lida Penfield, namesake of the college's library. In 1990, Oswego added a fall torchlight ceremony welcoming incoming students at the start of the academic year. (Photo of 1938 Torchlight courtesy of Penfield Library Special Collections)

2011 Torchlight

Now: This year's Torchlight will feature SUNY Oswego alumna Yvonne Spicer — a leading national advocate of science, technology, engineering and math education — as mistress of ceremonies as alumni from over the decades welcome this year's graduates. Just as Torchlight — which will take place tonight — has passed along the light of knowledge, we have enjoyed the opportunity to share details about our college's rich history throughThen and Now as part of the college's 2011-12 sesquicentennial celebration. We thank you for reading and hope you have found the series educational and entertaining. (James Russell photo)