Alumnae Association inducts Class of 2013 

The annual Alumnae Induction and Class Tree Planting Ceremony took place on April 30. The Class of 2013 gathered in the chapel to take part in this timeless tradition. Kathleen Spencer Sargent, ’58 opened the ceremony with a talk on “Transition from Student to Alumna,” encouraging the students to always stay connected to their alma mater. As Kathleen Kearns Donahue, ’80, Director of Alumnae Relations, explained the symbols of the ceremony, Mary Lou Conforte Castracane, ’63, displayed each item on a lace-adorned table in front of the altar. Catherine McAuley’s words, “we should be as shining lamps, giving light to all around us” were represented by candles lighted by the Class of 2013 officers: Isabella Dalena, President; Emily Bonzagni;Vice President; Julia Elia; Treasurer; and Kathleen Sullivan, Secretary.

Jessica Vigliotti, ’05 read the official roll call, asking each student to come forward to receive her symbols of the ceremony—a pink carnation signifying I will remember you, an Alumnae Association membership card, and a copy of Centum, a chronicle of Lauralton’s first one hundred years. Alumna mothers of several graduating students presented their daughters with these symbols. Alumnae Board President Stefanie Stevens Seslar, ’99 gave the official induction statement, followed by a rousing rendition of the Alma Mater led by members of the school choral groups. Finally, the chapel bell tolled proclaiming the Class of 2013 as official members of the Alumnae Association.    

When the cheering ended, the seniors proceeded to the Claven Auditorium for a bountiful luncheon. They placed their pink carnations in vases set on the tables creating centerpieces of friendship. A gift for each senior, a class mug, was given by the junior class. Fun was had as the seniors put their Latin to good use in an alumnae matching game and autographed a keepsake stuffed dog. Class officers presented the class history with a “Remember When?” theme that took them through their four years at Lauralton. 

The festivities ended with the traditional planting of the class tree. Liza Leonard, ’13 spoke about the importance of planting a tree on campus to leave a lasting impact on the community and the environment. The Lauralton class tree plaque which hangs in the foyer was unveiled to show the new gold left representing the Class of 2013. Megan Clark,`13 offered a prayer and class members planted their tree—a stellar pink dogwood that will hopefully still be in bloom for graduation—on the front lawn between Morrissey Field and the mansion.   

One more step toward the exciting culmination for the Class of 2013…graduation!



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