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Seniors will line up on the Academic Quad at 7:45 p.m.

First enacted in 1930, under the guidance of the Alumni Association of the University, the Senior Torchlight Procession celebrates the culmination of the graduates’ four years and signifies their transition to life outside of the University.

The graduating class members process down the hill carrying torches as a symbol of the “light of knowledge” they have gained through their Colgate education as represented by the torch on the University seal.

Families will be able to watch the procession from a designated viewing area. We ask spectators not to interrupt the procession and to refrain from tossing objects to the graduates as they process.

Immediately following the Torchlight Procession, the graduates and their families are invited to gather under the Oak Drive tent to enjoy music, dancing, and refreshments.

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