Seniors to celebrate 70th Torchlight Ceremony May 19

torchlight imageSUNY Oswego’s newest graduates will take part in one of its oldest traditions as seniors celebrate Commencement Eve on Friday, May 19.

The 70th annual Torchlight Ceremony, which welcomes graduating seniors into the Oswego Alumni Association by passing the torch of learning, will take place at 9 p.m. Friday, May 19, in Sheldon Park, between Culkin Hall and Hewitt Union.

Michael CassidyMichael Cassidy (left), a 1998 Oswego graduate who founded Intercept Interactive in 2001 and is its president and chief executive officer, will be the master of ceremonies. Intercept is an interactive advertising and marketing services firm that was recently ranked 140th among the 500 fastest-growing private companies in the country by Inc. magazine.

Alumni and members of the faculty and staff who wish to participate in the Torchlight Ceremony as members of the inner circle may call 312-2258 to volunteer.

Torchlight is the centerpiece of Commencement Eve activities, which will begin with a reception at 5 p.m. in The Forum of Hewitt Union and dinner in the ballroom at 6:30 p.m.

Two seniors will be honored with the Outstanding Senior Award at the dinner. Kelly Crahan of Fulton is a history and women’s studies major who received a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. Christopher Thuman of North Tonawanda is a meteorology major with minors in mathematics and astronomy and is president of the Meteorology Club.

At 8:30 p.m., State Singers will lead the Senior Sing in Sheldon Park.

Members of the class of 2006 who will participate in the Torchlight Ceremony at 9 p.m. will include Kevin Sutherland, who will deliver a special message to students. Student mistress of ceremonies at the ceremony will be Jennifer Bender. The torchbearer will be Glenn Margolis, and class of 2006 inner circle representatives will be Kelly Gardner, Nick Isgro and JoAnna Thayer.

The speaker has a wealth of experience in interactive marketing. Before starting Intercept and its premium division Undertone Networks, Cassidy was vice president of sales for, where he was responsible for opening the company’s Midwest office and guiding development in the region. Cassidy joined (then known as the Mining Company and now owned by the New York Times Co.) as one of the company’s first sales executives and was responsible for developing many of the company’s major agency and client relationships across the country.

All activities except the dinner will be free and open to faculty, staff, seniors, their friends and their families.

Dinner cost is $25 or $30, depending on choice of entree. Graduating seniors can purchase their own ticket for $5, thanks to a grant from Auxiliary Services. Reservations are required for dinner and may be made by calling 312-2258 or through OsweGoConnect’s events registration link by May 12.

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(Posted: May 03, 2006)