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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.

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

Families will be able to watch the procession from a designated viewing area.

Thanks to the generosity of Forrest G. Burke '84 & Renee M. Burke P'22, the Class of 2022 will be able to keep their torches as a memento.

Immediately following the Torchlight Procession, the graduates and their families are invited to gather under a large tent on Whitnall Field to enjoy food, music and dancing, and refreshments.

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