During this College tradition, students receive a pin with the College's seal from a faculty member within their chosen department of study, officially marking their major selection. Now a major academic event for Emmanuel students, the Sophomore Pinning Ceremony has been a tradition at the College since 1997.
The event began with welcome addresses from sophomore class advisor and director of residence life and housing Suzan Benzie and Class of 2020 president Liam Arteaga, as well as an invocation from campus minister Karl LaClair. Each year, the class selects a member of the faculty to speak at their ceremony-this year, the honor went to assistant professor of English Dr. Mark Flynn. Sophomore class officers, namely class secretary Abigail Snow, class treasurer Rachel Rode and class vice president Parker West, also gave remarks.
"This ceremony recognizes the fact that we are all officially taking steps into our field of study. I think it represents how much we have all grown and how much we have achieved since our very first day here at the College," Arteaga said. "It signifies a major milestone in our time here at Emmanuel. Many of us came here without a single clue as to what we would like to study. Being in a liberal arts college, we got the opportunity to explore different disciplines and find something we are truly passionate about."
"I felt honored and ecstatic to have been able lead all my peers through such a significant milestone," Arteaga added.