Save the date – Pass Through the Pillars

Join the Alumni Association in welcoming the new students this fall! Pass Through the Pillars is Sunday, August 26 at 7 p.m.

Pass through the Pillars is SUNY Oneonta’s largest and most treasured tradition. New students are welcomed to the SUNY Oneonta community by passing through the two remaining pillars of Old Main, Oneonta’s original building, Old Main. They are following in the footsteps of their predecessors as they walk between the pillars that have ushered students for over 125 years. Freshmen and new transfer students are welcomed with an ice cream social after the event. This tradition comes full circle when seniors walk the opposite way through the pillars before graduation, signifying the end of their academic career at Oneonta and entering the next phase of their lives as alumni.

Alumni and campus community members are invited to attend to cheer for our new students as they begin their journey at Oneonta.  If you are interested in volunteering for a specific role, please reach out to us at