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(Neb)-Ivy Day To Kickoff CSC Graduation Weekend Tonight

By: John Axtell Posted at: 05/04/2018 07:02 AM
CHADRON - Graduation at Chadron State College is tomorrow morning, but the weekend begins tonight at 7:00 in Memorial Hall with the traditional Ivy Day program.

        The program, sponsored by the Cardinal Key and Blue Key honoraries, will recognize seniors who have distinguished themselves through academics, athletics, service and extracurricular activities

        Cardinal Key and Blue Key will each have a member address the program, Whitney Coop for Cardinal Key and Aaron Duin representing Blue Key, while Math professor and Department Chair Dr Rob Stack will be the faculty greeter.

      The program also features coronation of the Ivy Day King and Queen, who were elected by the student body from candidates chosen from among the members the two honoraries.

        All five of the Queen candidates are from Nebraska: Ashytn Nelson of Chadron, Isabella Irish of Hemingford, Kelsey Brummels of Ewing, Madison Reece of Hebron, and Melissa VanDerslice of Columbus, Neb.

        Four of the five Ivy Day King candidates are also from Nebraska: John Murphy of Harrison, Kevin Zhang of Alliance, Johnathan Sayaloune of Gering, and Aaron Duin of Omaha. The fifth candidate is Cory Salitrik of Rock Springs, Wyo.

        Ivy Day's roots go back to May 27, 1919...nearly 97 years ago, when Chadron Normal School held its first May Fete and Ivy Day exercises with a program that included the crowning of May Queen Vida Mackey, elaborate dance performances, and the planting of ivy.

       May Fete was a yearly event at the school with, among other things, an Ivy Day oration, until 1938 when Blue Key and Cardinal Key took over sponsorship and the May Fete portion of the name was dropping, leaving just Ivy Day.

        The celebration has continued to evolve over the years. The first female Ivy Day orator spoke in 1940, the program was expanded to include departmental honors, and the event moved indoors.

         1973 was the first year that both Blue Key and Cardinal Key had orators, an Ivy Day King was added in 1989, and a few years later Ivy Day was moved from the afternoon in the Armstrong Gym to the evening in the Memorial Hall auditorium while the honors were limited to seniors.

       It's been decades since Ivy Day included the planting of ivy, but the ceremony still includes an ‘ivy chain’ held by female and male undergraduates as the procession of honorees enters the Auditorium.


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