May 08, 2017, BY Heather Johns

The threat of rain moved the annual Senior Sunset event inside the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, but didn't dampen the exhuberance of Bucknell's senior class as they celebrated together.

Students mingled, snapped and snacked in the Weis Center lobby before the toast.
Cheers to the Class of 2017!
President John Bravman addressed the Class of 2017.

During Senior Sunset, Senior Class President Danielle Taylor '17 presented the senior tribute to the University.

Taylor explained that the tribute to the University was inspired by events that took place in 2015, the class' sophomore year. After three students were expelled for making racist remarks on air at the campus radio station, students banded together to write a Solidarity Creed. "The creed is central to our Bucknell experience," said Taylor. "It's how we as students responded to that incident." || Read the Bucknell Magazine article about the incident and its aftermath.

President Bravman with senior class officers

Former Bucknell Student Government President Mark Merino '16 suggested etching the creed on a plaque and placing it in the ground by the South Campus Apartments amphitheater. His suggestion sparked the idea of putting it on the amphitheater seating itself, splitting it line by line and engraving it on a metal that differentiated it from other plaques on campus, but in a way that still blends into the environment.

Class of 2017 tribute

“This sleek, platinum look is different from other plaques on campus,” said Taylor. “Yet something about the way the light hits it, with the reflection of the multicolored stones — it blends perfectly with the campus aesthetic, just as we hope this message blends with the culture of the University.”

The creed was originally drafted by Dejda Collins ’16, who was inspired by a creed at the University of Mississippi, which students learned of during a University-led Civil Rights Spring Break trip. Members of the Bucknell community signed the Solidarity Creed with inked thumbprints, and it was placed in the ELC Student Hearth Space, where it remains today.

“I hope people will know the statements in this creed are important to our class,” said Taylor. “I hope students will take it seriously, and take that vow as a Bucknellian. I hope this will be part of the University forever.”