The Class of 2019 gathered on Aug. 28 to kick-off their senior year at Centre College during the annual Senior Celebration. They celebrated the start of their final year with words of wisdom and praise from President John A. Roush.
The event is also billed as the opening ceremony for Honor Walk, an annual tradition that takes place Commencement weekend. During the ceremony, President Roush presented each senior with a “talent,” a coin with Old Centre on one side and the College seal on the other, that they will present to someone who has most influenced their Centre experience.
“The Senior Celebration, highlighted by the awarding of the Centre Talent, has become that moment in a senior’s experience when he or she is invited to identify a person whom they would wish to honor on the Honor Walk on the night before they graduate,” Roush said. “As such, it is a time to be especially grateful and thankful, and ask oneself the question, ‘Whom might I honor?’ I like very much that we do this. Understanding that others did so much to make your college experience occur is a powerfully good thing to do as that student begins his or her final year.
“What Susie and I hope the students take away from the night is a recognition of their responsibility to ‘give back’ to those organizations that have made a difference in their lives, and, without apology, to understand that Centre is one of those organizations. It’s what citizen-leaders do in their lives of work and service,” he continued.
During the event, the senior class also had the opportunity to learn from two young alumni Morgan King ’16 and Shannon Murray ’17, who shared helpful and reassuring advice about how to cherish their last year and prepare for post-graduate life.
Carbery Campbell ’19 said this event was a great opportunity for her class to come together and to see all of the classmates who have grown with her throughout her time at Centre.
“The celebration made me appreciate the attention and care that Centre gives to its undergraduates, as well as the meaningful relationships fostered by this small school environment,” she said.
Campbell added that the evening also provided a sense of intention to the beginning of the 2018-19 academic year. She said it emphasized the importance of fostering intellectual curiosity, strengthening relationships and looking with excitement toward the future.
“The evening event, in fact, is often bitter-sweet for these students; inasmuch, as they are thankful and excited to have reached this moment—the start of their senior year, and grateful and saddened to understand that this chapter of their lives is nearing its close,” Roush concluded.
by Kerry Steinhofer
August 31, 2018