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Columbia Daily Spectator (05/Jun/1972) - Columbia to Grant 6800 Degrees


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  • newspaper: Columbia Daily Spectator (05/Jun/1972)
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Columbia to Grant 6800 Degrees

About 6800 Columbia students will receive graduate and undergraduate degrees Tuesday at Columbia's 218th commencement exercises, which will begin at 3 p.m. on Low Plaza.

In addition, the university will grant honorary degrees to twelve people, including film director Alfred Hitchcock.

President McGill will deliver the principal commencement address Tuesday.

Commencement week began Sunday with a baccalaureate service for graduating students in St. Paul's Chapel. Robert Chapman, executive director of the Department of Social Justice of the National Council of Churches, delivered the baccalaureate address to students of the College, the engineering school, Barnard, and the School of General Studies.

The College's annual Class Day exercises will be held Monday morning on the Van Am Quadrangle. Five hundred and thirty College seniors will graduate this year. About 700 students were originally accepted into the Class of '72.

Noam Chomsky, the eminent linguist and professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will deliver a speech on American policy in Vietnam in McMillin Theater immediately after the College's Class Day.

Class Day exercises will also be held Monday for the 161 graduates of the engineering school.

Mr. Hitchcock, who will receive an honorary degree as Doctor of Humane Letters, will be the principal speaker at the 74th annual commencement day luncheon sponsored by the Alumni Federation at noon Tuesday in Ferris Booth Hall.

Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees will also be presented at Tuesday's ceremonies to:

  • Louis Hacker, professor emeritus of economics at Columbia;
  • Artist Jack Tworkov; and
  • C. Vann Woodward, Sterling Professor of History at Yale University.

The honorary degree of Doctor of Letters will be conferred upon Harrison R. Steeves, professor emeritus of English at Columbia. Honorary Doctor of Laws degrees will be granted to:

  • Dale R. Corson, president of Cornell University;
  • Helen Hall, director emeritus of the Henry Street Settlement;
  • Jerome H. Holland, American ambassador to Sweden and the first black to be appointed a director of the New York Stock Exchange;
  • Philanthropist Edith A. Lehman;
  • J. Edward Lumbard Jr., senior circuit judge, U.S. Court of Appeals of the Second Circuit;
  • A. Philip Randolph, labor organizer and civil rights leader; and
  • Walter B. Wriston, chairman of the First National City Bank of New York.

President McGill has agreed to arrange for campus security guards to cordon off part of College Walk immediately after commencement to enable students to participate in an anti-war march from 116th Street to 110th Street on the sidewalk of Broadway.

The march and other anti-war activities are being sponsored by Seniors Against the War, an ad hoc group that has cooperated with both the College and university administrations in formulating its plans.