OSWEGO – A new and traditional media executive, entrepreneur and industry leader, and a pioneer in cable television and broadcast production services, 1977 SUNY Oswego graduate Louis A. Borrelli Jr. will serve as master of ceremonies at the college’s Commencement Eve Dinner and Torchlight Ceremony on May 17.
The Oswego Alumni Association will welcome Borrelli and all graduates of SUNY Oswego to participate in what is one of the most deep-rooted Oswego traditions the night before Commencement.
More than 75 years ago, Lida S. Penfield, a 1907 graduate and professor at Oswego, for whom Penfield Library is named, wrote “The Message of the Torch.”
The Commencement Eve dinner will take place at 6:30 p.m. following a 5 p.m. cocktail reception in the Campus Center arena and convocation hall. The Torchlight Ceremony will begin at 9 p.m. on the Campus Center north lawn.
Borrelli is currently an investor, active board member and adviser to several early-stage media companies. He is chief marketing officer of NimbleTV, board chairman of live music streaming service ShowGo.tv and board member of smart advertising platform Piiku.
Borrelli was previously president and chief executive officer of NEP Broadcasting, senior vice president at America Online, and was a founding partner, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Marcus Cable Co. He began his cable career with UA-Columbia Cablevision.
Borrelli has served on several industry boards, including the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame, Cable Advertising Bureau, National Academy of Cable Programming, Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM) and the Metro Cable Marketing Co-Op. He is a two-time CTAM TAMI award winner (1996 and 2000), received the Pinnacle Award from CTAM Texas in 2001 and was elected to the Cable Pioneers in 2002.
Borrelli is the founder and, with fellow alumnus Al Roker of the Oswego Class of 1976, sponsor of the annual Dr. Lewis B. O’Donnell Media Summit.
The dinner will feature remarks by Borrelli to graduating seniors and their families. Student emcees for the dinner will be Oluwaseyi Lamidi and Audrey Hinnant. The Class of 2013 Senior Legacy Gift will be presented by Jessica Paul. Outstanding senior awards will be presented.
Senior Tyler Edic will deliver a special message to students at the Torchlight Ceremony, and Leslie Look will be the student mistress of ceremonies.
The Torchbearer will be Claire Budzinski, and the Class of 2013 Inner Circle representatives will be Sarah Bernier, Kelly Corwin and Monica Saroff.
Tickets for the Commencement Eve dinner are $7 for graduating seniors, thanks to grants from Auxiliary Services and the Oswego Alumni Association, with support from the Fund for Oswego.
Dinners are $30 for adults and $12 for children ages 3 to11.
The Torchlight Ceremony is free and open to all who wish to attend, and all alumni are invited to participate in the inner circle.
Reservations for Commencement Eve events are due by May 3.
To make a reservation to attend, call 312-2258, email [email protected] or sign up online at http://alumni.oswego.edu/torchlight