“I can’t think of anyone who has had more of an impact or legacy on this important tradition than you,” Ryan said. “And so, we thought it appropriate, that each year at every Final Exercises, students would walk the Lawn in the direction of the newly dedicated Pamela Woodie Higgins Stage. The plaque will hang up each year the stage is installed and be a reminder to us all of your impact and service to the important major events that happen on this stage.”
After the unveiling, two cans of diet Mountain Dew soda, her favorite, were presented to Ryan and Higgins on a silver salver.
“I’ve been living on this for the past two weeks,” Higgins said with a laugh as she savored a drink.
“I couldn’t do this job without all of you,” she said to the assembled crowd that featured representatives from many University departments.