OUR OUTGROWN CEREMONY.
A reformed Commencement, the Alumni Bulletin claims, is very desirable. While no one asks for a reversion to the convivial orgies of the early nineteenth century, the time seems to have come for the periodical revision of the ceremonies. The undergraduates, as well as the alumni, cannot be satisfied with the exclusiveness of Sanders Theatre, which offers only a few scattered corners for guests after the thousand degree holders have entered.
From the point of view of the under-graduate Commencement at present may almost be called an anti-climax of Class Day. At the end of a four-year course, a student passes through the brilliant celebrations of the Senior Spread, the Ivy Oration, and the Yale baseball game--then to file into the cramped and out-grown space of Sanders Theatre for the most vital hour of his College life, leaving his family to see the glass flowers or visit Concord and Lexington in the interini. The fathers and mothers, especially those who have come from the West and South for this event, have a claim to seats at Commencement as great as that of the graduate. And until all these are provided for--until the degrees are conferred in the Stadium, that may mean--Commencement Day will not be a successful culmination of the year's work.