Torchlight Ceremony set for May 14

Scene from 2009 Torchlight.For this year’s edition of the Torchlight Ceremony, the Oswego Alumni Association will add an enhanced academic procession to the annual event, set for 9 p.m. May 14 in a tent on the north lawn of the Campus Center.

The Torchlight Ceremony is, other than commencement, the longest-standing academic tradition on campus.

For many years, “on the eve of the May commencement, the Oswego Alumni Association has celebrated the passing of the Torch of Learning from faculty and staff to our newest graduates as they go out into the world,” said Betsy Oberst, executive director of the alumni association. “It marks a singular milestone for our graduates as they are welcomed into the Oswego Alumni Association as its newest members.

“Steeped in tradition, Torchlight is one of Oswego’s most moving ceremonies, and we are extending a special invitation to all faculty and staff to be part of this important moment for our graduates,” Oberst said.

Faculty and staff will lead students and alumni representing their classes in a procession to mark the seniors’ last night as undergraduates. Academic garb is encouraged, but not required.

Following the procession, all faculty and staff are invited to join the alumni from various decades and represent their departments in the Inner Circle for the ceremony.

Active evening

The ceremony begins at 9 p.m. and faculty and staff are asked to gather at 8: 30 p.m. in Room 134 of the Campus Center for robing.

Faculty and staff are invited to be part of the entire evening, which includes a gala dinner in the Campus Center convocation arena. The evening begins with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m.; the buffet-style dinner is at 7 p.m. The cost of dinner is $30 and reservations must be made by May 7.

This year’s Torchlight emcee, 1982 Oswego graduate Donna Goldsmith, is the current World Wrestling Entertainment chief operating officer. She will share her experiences in the National Basketball Association and WWE at an address during dinner and will read Penfield’s “Message of the Torch” during the ceremony that follows.

A Senior Sing will precede the Torchlight Ceremony at 8:30 p.m., featuring musical selections from State Singers and the Oswego State Jazz Ensemble.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Lighting the way—Oswego’s annual Torchlight Ceremony, celebrating the passing of knowledge, will unfold on May 14 with an added academic procession and under a tent on the north lawn of the Campus Center. (Photo by Jennifer Broderick)

(Posted: Apr 30, 2010)

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