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Inaugural legacy family pinning ceremony

Starting with Ira Mellinger, from the Class of 1903, the Mellinger family boasts twenty-three Shippensburg alumni in their extended family. 

The 2018 Parents and Family Celebration served as the perfect backdrop for the unveiling of a new tradition for alumni families with legacy children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews enrolled at Ship. A Legacy Pinning Ceremony recognized the Raider rite of passage that pays tribute to the past and embraces the future. It honors those who followed in the footsteps of a family member and became a Raider for life.

On September 15, over forty alumni families with their enrolled legacy students participated in this symbolic rite of passage. Parents pinned their sons and daughters, grandparents pinned their grandchildren, and aunts and uncles pinned their nieces and nephews. 

Carolyn (Howe) Carns, Class of 1963, celebrated her fifty-fifth class reunion from Shippensburg this year and proudly wore her golden raider medallion presented to her at her fiftieth class reunion as she pinned her grandson, sophomore Brady Young. Alumni from every decade from 1960 through the 2000s sported their red and blue Ship gear and made memories with their legacy students. 

The pinning ceremony celebrates the ties that bind our alumni families to Ship. For legacies, the pin is meant to proudly display deeply rooted family connections at Shippensburg and shared experiences in the past, in the present, and in combined hopes for the future. With the pin, legacies celebrate all that is Dear Old Red and Blue.

This distinct tradition honors alumni and their families. Shippensburg alumni have always served as our most trusted ambassadors, and there is no greater voice to the value of a Shippensburg education than that of those who have lived the experience.

Molly Lively, a 2018 Alumni Legacy Scholarship recipient, and her father, Henri ’93, a communication/journalism alumnus, addressed the audience and shared their proud family history. Molly’s great uncle, Phil Lively, served as president of the Class of 1959 and will celebrate his sixtieth class reunion during the 2019 Alumni Weekend. While Molly’s dad Henri and her uncle Tim Freisen ’86 traded their own college stories, Henri shared his hopes that as a legacy student at Shippensburg, Molly will make her own stories, make her own waves, and chart her own course.

The legacy program at Shippensburg was designed to recognize the commitment of its alumni to their alma mater by supporting and encouraging their children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and siblings to consider Shippensburg University for higher education.

Legacy families make a choice to continue a family tradition by attending Ship, and the Alumni Association takes pride in recognizing the growing number of families who have committed to making Ship part of their history and future. In addition to the legacy pinning ceremony, legacy families are invited to enjoy reserved seating at spring and winter undergraduate commencement programs by advanced reservations through the Alumni Office.

Share your legacy connections with us so we can identify our legacy families. If you are a part of a Shippensburg legacy family, please let us know. Call the Alumni Relations Office at (717) 477-1218, e-mail alumni@ship.edu, or complete the Legacy Form online at ship.edu/alumni/legacy/legacyprogram.