It’s a beautiful day in early May, and commencement is right around the corner. Busloads of seniors are waiting outside Weber Chapel, ready to hike up nearby Mt. Mahanoy with President Jonathan D. Green.
The hike is a longstanding tradition, which dates back to the 19 th century and was revived in the early 2000s, where the University President leads seniors up Mt. Mahanoy on a relatively short but steep trail. In less than an hour, hikers climb 1,400 feet. On the best of days, it is a difficult walk.
At the summit, seniors look down on the Susquehanna river valley as Associate Professor Jennifer Elick describes how the land was carved by glaciers and influenced the river’s flow. It is likely the last lecture that they will hear from a Susquehanna professor.
There’s time for photos together and with President Green, who gives a speech and leads everyone in the alma mater. Then it’s back down the mountain to the buses waiting to take the seniors back to campus, where, in just a few days, they’ll walk across the stage to receive their diplomas.