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. Members of the Ithaca College Community Alumni help distribute the medallions to the graduates.

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