Open Forum for Students: Campus Rituals

Greetings to the Colgate community,

I was delighted to spend time with so many of you during my visit to Colgate last month. I am grateful for the many conversations and e-mails in which you shared your ideas on the university’s rituals.

I had more than 16 meetings in two days — with faculty, staff, students, and the Alumni Council. I learned a great deal about Colgate through these meetings, and as I witnessed a number of university events. I attended the service and reception celebrating the life of Bruce Selleck ’71 as well as the “Welcome Home” event for Tracey Hucks ’87, MA’90.

In addition to these on-campus interactions, I have been reading about and studying the many traditions (old and new) at Colgate and gaining a better understanding of the history, intention, evolution, and concerns regarding the Torchlight Ceremony.

Below, I have included some of my notes, based on my readings and on reflections following my visit.

I would love to continue to hear your ideas and suggestions. I am returning to campus again next week, Wednesday and Thursday, and I invite you to join me for these continued conversations.

  • Student forum: November 15, 7:30–8:30 p.m., Golden Auditorium, Little Hall
  • Faculty and staff forum: November 16, 4:15–5:15 p.m., Golden Auditorium, Little Hall

I look forward to seeing you and hearing more of your ideas, reactions, and suggestions.


Barnaby Evans

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Little Hall, Golden Auditorium


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