History and Traditions


Following a tradition begun in 1992, the College's centennial year, each graduate receives a medallion inscribed with a quotation chosen by the president. The medallions are distributed at the Campus Store and can be obtained by graduates when their pick up their regalia.

2016 quote
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
-- African proverb

2015 quote
"I hope your journey is a long one, full of adventure, full of discovery."
-- C.P. Cavafy

2014 quote
"Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great, you can be that generation."
-- Nelson Mandela

2013 quote
“In the end, we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.”
-- Baba Dioum

2012 quote
"Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."
-- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

2011 quote
"Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself."
-- William Faulkner

2010 quote
"How do I want to live my life? Who do I want to become?"
-- President Emerita Peggy R. Williams

2008 quote
“With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world."
-- His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

2007 quote
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single steps."
-- Chinese proverb

2006 quote
"Intelligence plus character -- that is the goal of true education."
-- Martin Luther King Jr.

2005 quote
"Light tomorrow with today."
-- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

2004 quote
"Imagination encircles the world."
-- Albert Einstein

2003 quote:
"Be the change you want to see in the world."
-- Gandhi

2002 quote
"Composing a life involves a continual reimagining of the future."
-- Mary Catherine Bateson

2001 quote
"We wake and find ourselves on a stair; there are stairs below us, which we seem to have ascended; there are stairs above us, . . . which go out of sight."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

2000 quote
"There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it."
-- Edith Wharton

1999 quote
"If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities."
-- Maya Angelou

1998 quote
"Life is a succession of moments. To live each one is to succeed."
-- Corita Kent

1997 quote
"We must safeguard the delicate thread that binds our families, communities, and nations, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background -- that delicate thread of humanity."
-- Convocation 1993

1996 quote
"Take back to the world your skills and humane knowledge, as well as a passion for the betterment of society and our global culture."
-- Convocation 1992

1995 quote
"I challenge you to exact a full measure from every moment, to take every opportunity to do something good, something valuable, something right."
-- Convocation 1991

1994 quote
"Begin with enthusiasm and determination . . . and one day realize how these years have shaped your life's journey."
-- Convocation 1990

1993 quote
"Be open to life. Do not allow conformity to wear down your aspirations. Have the courage to trust your own dreams."
-- Ithaca College president James J. Whalen

1992 quote
"Congratulations and best wishes to the 1992 Centennial Class."
-- Ithaca College president James J. Whalen