April 11 2017
The Wonderful Class of 2017 celebrated the Graduating Class Reception in Meier Hall on March 24. The annual celebration included presentations of the Outstanding Graduate Award, Alumnae and Alumni Rings, and alumni pins, as well as the announcement of Candlelight Speakers.
President Norman Smith presented Zachory Park ’17 with the Outstanding Graduate Award for the Class of 2017.
Kim Wenglik Curtis ’83, an Alumnae Ring recipient, introduced Lois Wilson ’58 who bestowed her mother’s, Margaret Northrup Wilson ’26, Alumnae Ring to Monica Matt ’17. Lois’s mother had given the ring to her upon her graduation in 1958. Graham Healy ’17 was the recipient of the Alumni Ring, presented to him by Alumni Board member and former Ring winner, Jay Wolkoff ’93.
Brandon Davis ’17, president of the Class of 2017, gave the class response. He addressed his classmates, “Look around at the diverse and strong individuals that have helped shape your experience at Elmira College. We can thank the institution for the vast opportunities it has provided us, and the education we sometimes take for granted, considering the thousands who are not as fortunate. So I thank Elmira College for bringing us together, for fostering an intimate community we only know as wonderful.”
Thomas Bragg ’17 and McKayla Sluga ’17 were announced as this year’s Class of 2017 Candlelight Speakers and Deanne Slater-Johnson, mother of Liz Johnson ’17, was named the Parent Candlelight Speaker.
The Alumni Association Board of Directors then presented alumni pins to the graduating class, followed by a champagne toast given by Alumni Association President, Jim Joerger ’93.
The Graduating Class Reception, followed by the “100 Days Dinner,” which welcomes the class into the ranks of the College’s alumni and the beginning of Commencement celebrations.