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A season for traditions at Keuka College

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Keuka College students show off their new green and gold "Traditions" T-shirts. (Photo by Giorgio Varlaro)

As Keuka College students begin the countdown to graduation, they will also be celebrating time-honored traditions – while establishing a few new ones.

The second half of the spring semester is replete with events, activities, and occasions that provide a respite from studies while offering varied opportunities to create cherished College memories.

"Families thrive on traditions, and Keuka College is a big family,” says Associate Director of Alumni Relations Laurie Adams. “Naturally, that means our traditions are important to us. It’s the traditions that connect us with not only the College, but our friends and past generations because of the shared experience."

To commemorate traditions old and new, the College is giving students complimentary T-shirts – with school colors of green or gold, depending on the year of graduation. “Green” and “gold” teams will face off in a number of friendly contests woven into events scheduled for upcoming weekends.

And those upcoming weekends are fun-filled:


April 14-15: A Musical Weekend

The trail of tradition kicks off on a musical note with the annual Spring Concert on Saturday, April 14, in the Dahlstrom Student Center. It’s a country-tinged affair with Kolby Oakley headlining the evening, along with opening act Emma White. Doors open at 7:50 p.m. and tickets are $5 for students and $10 for guests.

For those who like their music a little less raucous, The Finger Lakes Camerata will perform choral works the following day, Sunday, April 15, at 3 p.m. in Norton Chapel.

Also this weekend: The spring play, “Good People,” will be staged at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 7 p.m. Sunday in the Red Barn Theatre. Tickets are $5 for students, alumni, faculty, and staff, and $10 for the general public.


April 20-22: Spring Weekend

The annual Spring Weekend brings a variety of celebratory events to campus. Among them: A Dance/Step Showcase, inflatables, a DJ, a photo booth, DIY events, a dunk tank (let’s hope it finally warms up!), face-painters, a food truck, an “Amazing Race”-like competition, hula dancers, and fireworks. The public is invited to enjoy the fireworks, which light up the sky over campus at about 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 21.

Separately from Spring Weekend, Sunday brings one of the region’s biggest annual events – not only for the College but for all of Yates County. Hundreds will gather for the Celebrate Service…Celebrate Yates community service event, which sees teams fan out countywide to perform spring cleaning, yard work, painting, and light repairs to benefit the county’s non-profits. A complimentary brunch for volunteers is served from 11 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. in the Dahlstrom Student Center, followed by a 1 p.m. opening ceremony and project work starting at about 1:20.

For those staying on campus Sunday, jazz trumpeter Dave Chisholm takes the stage in the Norton Chapel at 3 p.m. for a free concert.


April 27-29: A Festival on Friday, Fashion on Saturday

The annual Fribolin Festival takes place on Friday, April 27, and is headlined this year by author and venture capitalist Scott Hartley, who will give the 30th Annual Carl and Fanny Fribolin Lecture. His free talk, “The Fuzzy and the Techie: Why the Liberal Arts Will Rule the Digital World,” takes place at 6:30 p.m. in Norton Chapel and is open to the public. A reception will follow. Earlier in the day, the Fribolin Festival Fair will be held on the Norton Chapel lawn from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., featuring plenty of student activities, music, and food.

On Saturday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Geiser Dining Commons, the spring Fashion Show, hosted by the College’s Multicultural Student Association, will be staged in the Geiser Dining Commons. This annual students-only event brings together students of all cultural backgrounds to model cultural pieces and learn about cultures other than their own. This year’s theme: the 1990s. To cap it off, the MSA will host an After Party at 10:30 p.m. in Room D46.


May 4-6: May Day Weekend

One of the most storied of Keuka College traditions is May Day Weekend, which includes Honors Convocation, the Leadership/Moving Up Ceremony, and the awarding of Class Member of the Year. A late-night charity Bingo tournament is on the docket for Saturday evening in the Geiser Dining Commons.

In conjunction with May Day Weekend this year will be the annual Day of Giving, scheduled for Friday, May 4. The Day of Giving is one of the College's biggest celebrations of school spirit! Show your KC pride by wearing green and gold, making a gift of any size, or sharing your love of Keuka College on social media. The day will include student-focused events in the Phillips Lounge from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. with games, a photo booth, and prize giveaways.

On Sunday at 3 p.m. in Norton Chapel, members of the Keuka College Band and Chorale will perform a free spring concert that showcases both the instrumental and vocal talents of our students. The theme: “Choral and Band Music from Here, Near and Far.”


May 25-26: The Biggest Weekend of All

The College saves the best for last, of course. The Baccalaureate Service is scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday, May 25, in Norton Chapel. College Vice Chair of the Keuka College Board of Trustees Aqua Porter, vice president of business transformation at Xerox Corporation, will deliver the 2018 Baccalaureate Address.

Then, on Saturday, May 26, the College will hold its 110th Commencement at 10 a.m. on the chapel lawn. This year’s commencement address will be delivered by Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren.




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