Alumnae Association inducts Class of 2016

The annual Alumnae Induction and Class Tree Planting Ceremony took place this year on April 26th. The Class of 2016 gathered in the chapel to take part in this timeless tradition, as music played by junior Sarah Harris set a festive air. 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 the symbols of the ceremony were explained, 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 2016 officers: Lauren Mergenthaler - President, Shannon Buttling - Vice President, Kaela Brunetti - Treasurer, Meghan Dowling - Treasurer.

Aimee Marcella, Director of Alumnae Relations, 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. Members of the Alumnae Association Board students presented the seniors with these symbols. The official induction statement was read, 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 2016 as official members of the Alumnae Association. The Class Agents, a vital link between the Class of 2016 and Lauralton Hall, were presented. They are: Lily Delmonico, Ashley Evans, Mary McMullen and Janae Staltero.

When the cheering ended, junior Gabriela Baghdady played a joyful processional on the piano as 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. The Alumnae Association presented each senior with a travel cosmetic bag— a perfect gift to take to college! Class officers presented the class history that took them through their four years at Lauralton.   

The festivities ended with the traditional planting of the class tree. Students 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 2016. Class members planted their tree—a stellar weeping Cherry tree.

Graduation is June 4, 2016.









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