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Lyon College starts new tradition at matriculation

Lyon College welcomed over 240 freshmen and transfer students at the matriculation ceremony yesterday.

Students participated in the new tradition of “Passing the Flame,” which symbolizes Lyon’s foundation of providing service to others while focusing on personal integrity. ShaNae Snow, a member of the graduating class of 2019, passed on the flame from the annual Senior Torch Lighting ceremony, lighting the way for the new class’s journey within the Lyon community.

“On behalf of the class of 2019 and all the students that have come before, I am here to pass on the privileges and responsibilities that come with being a Lyon College Scot,” she said. “Today, we represent that commitment with the light of the flame that embodies the power of knowledge.”

Once the flame was passed to all the new students, they pledged themselves to the ideals of the Lyon community.

Before the ceremony, new students were greeted by a “gauntlet” of clapping and cheering by faculty and staff lining the sidewalk. Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students Dr. Patrick Mulick described it as the students’ “official community welcome to Lyon College.”

The students will pass through the gauntlet again at commencement, signifying their graduation from the College. The difference this time, Mulick said, is that the process will be more meaningful because of the students’ accomplishments.

“You leave us better. Your entrance into our community makes us a better community and better people. For that, I’m going to thank you today.”

Lyon College President Dr. W. Joseph King welcomed them to the campus, promising that their time here will be “transformational.”

“When you’ve graduated from Lyon, you will have far more than a degree. You’ll have an experience that will take you through your life.”

“We hope all of you find your place and thrive. We’re all here for you as you go through this journey. Welcome to Lyon.”

Provost Dr. Melissa Taverner introduced the signing of the College’s Honor Roll, saying success at college is measured not only by a student’s intellectual capabilities but also by their character.

“We expect from all our students, faculty, and staff a commitment to honesty and integrity in everything we do.”

“By signing the roll of honor, you are affirming the principle of integrity as foundational for you personally and as a member of this institution.”