This "new tradition" allows graduating seniors to recognize a member of the Colgate community who had a significant influence on their time at Colgate by awarding them a medal.
Seniors can retrieve a free medal from Kristin Loop
, Senior Associate Director of the Annual Fund at her office: 14 Utica Street, second floor
. You should then present it to a member of the Colgate community whom you feel deserves recognition for supporting your Colgate experience.
The medal presentation is a tradition inspired by the Konosioni
Class of 2013.
About the Medal
The Torch Medal is engraved with the Colgate seal, bearing the distinguished symbol of the flaming torch. As a guide, a source of light and inspiration, it represents the best of student learning and discovery. The Torch Medal is personally presented to a deserving member of the Colgate community by individual members of the senior class.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I get a medal to present to someone?
Torch Medals will be distributed to each senior student mailbox during the spring semester.
Are the medals free?
Yes! The medals are available to graduating seniors at no charge!
How many medals can I award to members of the Colgate community?
While there are many people all over campus who have helped you throughout your Colgate career, each graduating senior is granted one medal to award.
What criteria should follow for choosing the recipient of my medal?
The criteria are whatever you'd like them to be! You could choose to award the medal to a faculty member who pushed you to grow intellectually, a custodian who particularly brightened your living space, a financial aid administrator who helped you navigate financial demands, or any other member of the campus community who left a lasting impression on you during your time at Colgate.
Can I give a torch medal to family or a mentor not affiliated with Colgate?
The goal of the torch medal is to express thanks to members of the campus community whose service may otherwise be overlooked. If you would like to recognize a family member or someone off campus who has had a significant impact on your collegiate career, we encourage you to learn more about the Stole of Gratitude.