|Melanie Baca Osborne. (Photo by Philip Hall/UAA)|
Melanie also carried the gonfalon for the College of Health at the December 14 winter commencement. Read more about Melanie in her November 2014 "I Am UAA" profile.
What is a gonfalon?
It’s a ceremonial flag with roots stretching back to the Italian renaissance (fun fact: gonfalone is an Italian word for banner). The word gonfalon specifically refers to flags suspended vertically from a crossbar, and the banners are still used in numerous Italian towns. It was a prestigious honor to be a gonfalon bearer in renaissance Italy, and it continues to be a prestigious honor today—each college at UAA handpicks alumni to represent their program as a gonfalon bearer at commencement.
|College of Health gonfalon.|