A record 725 graduates crossed the stage at the university’s 122nd commencement in early May. With more than 430 undergraduates participating and nearly 300 graduating from graduate or seminary programs, a new multiple-ceremony format was adopted to accommodate the large number of participants and guests.
Rather than one large ceremony featuring all graduate programs, the university created greater intimacy for grads and their families by hosting separate ceremonies for each program. Also, for the first time, two undergraduate ceremonies were held, with students organized by academic college and marching together by degree. This allowed students to be seated with friends and those in their major, creating a festive atmosphere.
Alumnus Richard Foster, author of Celebration of Discipline, returned to campus to serve as undergraduate commencement speaker and attend the 1964 “Classic Bruin” reunion.