In 1846, Professors A.C. Kendrick and J.F. Richardson prepared the Latin formula for the diplomas that has remained the same to today. They, along with Professor John Howard Raymond and three trustees, devised the seal and motto, "Deo Ac Veritati" ("With reference to God and for the purpose of truth" or simply "For God and for Truth"). Oh... and the motto has 13 letters!
First-year students are led up Colgate’s hill by faculty in full academic regalia and the members of Konosioni, the university’s senior honor society, who carry torches. They finish their march in the academic quad and then proceed into the Chapel for Founder's Day Convocation activities.
Four years later, on the night before commencement, students process back down the hill in their gowns (but no caps), all with torches. The students circle Taylor Lake and sing the Alma Mater, then toss their torches into a bonfire, and celebrate their last night together as an undergraduate class.