On Saturday, May 20 at 6 p.m., members of the Centre College Class of 2017 will gather to honor the people who have made an impact on their lives during the College’s annual Honor Walk. Now in its 15th 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.
“Centre’s Honor Walk is a tradition of monumental importance to our soon-to-be graduates and those they choose to honor,” Roush said. “Susie and I have the privilege of watching these exchanges close-up each year, and we are able to observe the emotion and thankfulness and appreciation that occurs at this special ceremony.”
Traditionally, 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 graduates to cap off their college career by saying ‘thank you’ to someone who has greatly impacted their Centre experience,” Assistant Director of Annual Giving Krista Rinehart said.
“As anyone who went to Centre knows, it’s the people and relationships that make the experience so unique. Being able to recognize the person who made this impactful part of their lives possible, and to do so on the seal in front of Old Centre—the most iconic spot on campus—is truly a special opportunity,” she concluded.
by Kerry Steinhofer
May 17, 2017