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Keuka College's Green & Gold Celebration Weekend Kicks Off with Pathfinders Tea

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Members of the Class of 1959 gather at the Pathfinders Tea and Medallion Ceremony in Ball Hall on Friday. (Photo: Gretchen Parsells)

The annual Pathfinders Tea and Medallion Ceremony kicked off Keuka College’s annual Green & Gold Celebration Weekend on Friday afternoon.

The medallion ceremony is a celebration of the lives, careers, and lifelong relationships that exist between the College and its alumni. During the Friday, Sept. 27, afternoon tea and ceremony, members of previous Pathfinders classes, alumnae who graduated at least 50 years ago, who had not yet received their Pathfinder medallion were presented with the distinctive award.

This year, Keuka College celebrates members of the Class of 1969 as its newest Pathfinders. They will receive their medallions during a separate ceremony Saturday, at which many members of the class will be in attendance.

“As successful Keuka College alumnae, you are part of a great tradition, and today we celebrate that,” College President Amy Storey said Friday. “You’re more than esteemed graduates. You’re leaders and examples for the women who follow. You have forged your own paths, made your mark, and continue to be role models and mentors.”

In addition to the presentation of the medallions at the Friday ceremony, sisters Susanne Lusink Yarnall and Joanne Lusink LeRoy, both members of the Class of 1967, presented a comedic skit titled “Aging Gracefully.”

“You know you’ve gotten older when,” they teased the crowd before passing out cards with punchlines for those present to read:

“An all-nighter means you sleep all night;”

“Going out means sitting on the patio;”

“The phone rings at 9 p.m. and the voice asks if they’ve woken you.”

The Pathfinder’s Tea was the first in what will be a weekend-long series of events and activities on campus as alumni, students, families, friends, trustees, neighbors, faculty, and staff gather and celebrate all things Keuka College.

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