December grads honored by Alumni Association

graduate, family toastMore than 135 people raised their glasses to toast Oswego’s December 2007 graduating class at a candlelight reception in Sheldon Ballroom Friday, Dec 14.

The December graduates were welcomed into the Oswego Alumni Association with a champagne toast by Elizabeth Oberst, executive director of the alumni association. “Tomorrow you join the ranks of Oswego’s 70,000 alumni,” she told the graduates. Oberst announced that the class will leave a legacy with the 2007 class gift, a garden at the Campus Center.

Around 600 graduates walked across the stage in the new Campus Center Saturday, Dec. 15. Along with the May gradates, they are part of the first graduating class in Oswego State history to do so.

“This is our last evening as Oswego State students,” said Meagan Smith ‘07, mistress of ceremonies at the Friday-night event. “Now and forever we will be Oswego alumni.”

“Big success will take time, small steps,” was the advice new graduates heard from guest speaker Kevin Sutherland ‘05, former Student Association president and now working in donor relations at Cornell University.

Sutherland offered advice to the graduating seniors, including: “Move out of your comfort zone—Move to a place that you only dreamed of . . . even if just for a year or two. Get a job . . . Stick to it   . . . Invest your money . . .  Get involved . . . Network.

“You are graduates of SUNY Oswego, you will be successful,” he concluded. “And remember, when you have made your millions, please keep this institution in the back of your minds.

“SUNY Oswego gave me so much as a student; it is truly amazing how much they continue to engage me after the fact.

“This place will always be a part of me and I am sure you will feel the same as well.”

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To the future—Melinda J. Oeschger ‘07 (in white), a fine arts major from Ontario, N.Y., shares a toast with her family. Oeschger was among the December graduates from SUNY Oswego honored with a dessert reception by the Oswego Alumni Association.

(Posted: Dec 18, 2007)