Commencement Eve Celebration

An Oswego Salute to the Class of 2017

Friday, May 12, 2017

Join us for one of Oswego’s longest-standing traditions, the annual Torchlight Ceremony. This once-in-a-lifetime event is our seniors’ welcome into the Oswego Alumni Association. Share an elegant dinner and this moving ceremony with our students, on their last night as undergraduates. Make our seniors’ last night as an undergraduate a special one.

All Commencement Eve festivities are open to Class of 2017 graduates, their families, alumni, faculty and staff at no charge with the exception of dinner, which has limited seating and requires ADVANCE reservations.
For questions regarding any Commencement Eve activities, please contact 315-312-5485.

Registration has closed for the dinner portion of this event, as we have reached capacity. To check dinner availability, please contact Lisa Potter at 315-312-5485 or
Please note: if you are only attending the Torchlight Ceremony at 9 p.m., RSVPs are not required, unless you are participating in the Alumni or Faculty/Staff Inner Circles. Please contact Laura Kelly at to participate in the Inner Circle!

Schedule of Events

Cocktail Reception
5:30 p.m. Convocation Arena, Marano Campus Center

The evening begins with a cocktail reception featuring a cash bar and complimentary pre-set hors d'oeuvres at your table.
(Funded by the Oswego Alumni Association.)

7 p.m. Convocation Arena, Marano Campus Center

An elegant buffet dinner featuring beef tips with a red wine demi; chef-carved turkey with spring fruit salsa; and tri-colored cheese tortellini with alfredo sauce. Dinner also includes garlic mashed potatoes; chef's fresh roasted vegetable; garden salad with house dressing; french bread sticks with butter; strawberry supreme white chocolate torte; coffee and tea. Price includes tax and gratuity. Wine Service will be available.
(Tickets for graduating seniors are FREE, thanks to subsidized discounted senior meals from Auxiliary Services and the Oswego Alumni Association, with support from The Fund for Oswego.)

Dinner prices (including taxes and gratuities) are:
Adult Buffet - $35
Children's Buffet (Children 3 - 11) - $15
Children's Buffet (Children 2 and under) - Free
2017 Graduating Senior - Free

In order to accommodate all of our guests, seating is pre-assigned banquet style.
Maximum table size is 10. Larger parties will be seated at adjacent tables, as best as possible.

Senior Sing

8:30 p.m.- North Lawn, Marano Campus Center
Featuring musical selections from State Singer and Oswego State Jazz Ensemble.

Torchlight Ceremony
9 p.m. North Lawn, Marano Campus Center

Experience the pageantry, as amid trumpet fanfare, we celebrate the symbolic passing of the Torch of Learning from alumni to you our graduating seniors. As voices fill the air with the alma mater, in this historic candlelight ceremony, seniors will build memories to last forever, on the eve of their Commencement. If you, a family member or friend are a SUNY Oswego alumnus/alumna, we encourage you to take part in the Torchlight Ceremony by representing your graduating class(es) in the Inner Circle. Contact the Alumni Office at 315-312-2258 to indicate interest.

Master of Ceremonies

Aunrée J. Houston ’00    

Vice President of Operations, Programming Sales, Home Box Office Inc. (HBO)

Aunrée J. Houston ’00 is an HBO executive, an empowerment coach, an entrepreneur, a creative force across multiple disciplines and a philanthropist for the arts. He holds a B.A. in communications with a minor in theatre from SUNY Oswego and a certificate in personal and organizational coaching from New York University School of Professional Studies. He studied drama therapy at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. He is a member of the National Association for Multi‚ÄźEthnicity in Communication and the Public Relations Society of America. He is a board member for ABC&C Coaching and Consulting.

Aunrée is principal coach and chief creative officer of his company, AUNRÉE JAC. The company houses his coaching business and creative offerings including therapeutic theatre. He’s an actor, singer, theatre director and playwright. Aunrée contributes to the business of fashion and to the development of artists throughout New York City. He’s an avid patron of the arts. Aunrée is a Harlem native and currently resides in New York City.

At Oswego, he was involved with the Black Student Union and Blackfriars theatre group. During spring of his senior year, he staged his original production, Through It All, on campus. A loyal supporter of his alma mater, he has returned to campus to speak on a panel and is a Gold-level member of the Green and Gold Club.

Persons with disabilities needing accommodations to attend this event should contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 315-312-2258 in advance.