SBU’s 12th Annual Candlelight Ceremony for Graduates Set for Friday

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ALLEGANY, N.Y. — St. Bonaventure University’s Class of 2007 will participate in the 12th annual candlelight ceremony at 8:45 p.m. Friday, May 11, at the steps of Plassmann Hall.

Dr. David DiMattio, who earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees from St. Bonaventure in 1991 and 1993, respectively, will lead the opening procession. DiMattio, dean of Clare College, is also the senior class adviser.

Sr. Margaret Carney, OSF, university president, will give the welcome to the class, and Eugene O’Connor, a 1979 alumnus and president of the National Alumni Board, will give the opening remarks.  Gene is the brother of Provincial Minister John O’Connor.

Four people will assist with the lighting of the candles. They include Joseph Flanagan, ’74, Robert DeFazio, ’98, ’01, Nichole Gonzalez, ’04, and Robert Donius, vice president for university ministries.

The candlelight ceremony was instituted in 1996 and has become a tradition. The incoming freshman class also participates in a candlelight ceremony at the end of Welcome Days each August.