Members of the Centre College Class of 2019 will gather to honor the people who have made a significant impact on their lives during the College’s annual Honor Walk, Saturday, May 18 at 7 p.m. Now in its 17th year, the event has quickly become a cherished tradition of Centre Commencement weekend.
At the beginning of the fall semester, President John A. Roush presents each member of the senior class with a “talent”—a coin with Old Centre on one side and the College seal on the other. The seniors have the entire academic year to decide to whom they will give their talent—be they family, friends, professors, coaches or classmates—the day before the Commencement ceremony.
Honor Walk takes place in Old Centre, where the seniors walk through the front door and through its foyer. After passing through the back door and down the steps, stopping in front of Centre’s beloved seal, the seniors finally pass their talents on to those they choose to honor.
“The Honor Walk is an opportunity for the graduating class to say ‘thank you’ to someone who has significantly impacted their Centre experience in front of their classmates and loved ones,” said Mackenzie Nichols ’17, assistant director of annual giving. “Anyone who went to Centre knows that it’s not just the degree that makes this place so unique, but it’s the community of friends, coaches, professors and mentors that are formed along the way that sets this institution apart.
“To top it off, the seal in front of Old Centre is such an iconic symbol of the College, it’s hard to express the sentiments that this event holds,” she continued. “It’s truly an evening that the seniors and their honorees won’t forget.”
In case of rain, the Honor Walk ceremony will take place in the Alumni Gymnasium in Sutcliffe Hall.
by Kerry Steinhofer
May 17, 2019