No Spring Vacation Says Buck; Exams, Graduation Moved Up
Commencement will Be Held Here May 27
Abolition of the spring vacation, another step in accord with the College's wartime accelerated calendar, was announced last night by Dean Paul H. Buck, who also revealed that this change will move forward two weeks the spring reading period, the final examination period, and the Commencement date.
As the revised College program now stands, the spring term will end on Saturday, May 22, rather than June 7, as it would ordinarily. Reading period will extend from April 26 to May 8, and Commencement, for those men who will be in College to receive their diplomas, will take place on Thursday, May 27.
To Make Way for Army
Although Dean Buck was not available for further comment last night, it was believed that the move had been made not only to speed the academic year and get men finished with their exams as quickly as possible, but also to make way for the Army, which will probably be assigning men here for specialized training.
The Faculty sounded the death knell to spring vacation in a recent meeting, but the suggestion needed Corporation approval, which was forthcoming at its meeting yesterday, to which President Conant returned from his Washington wartime duties.
REVISED COLLEGE CALENDAR
No spring vacation.
Spring reading period: April 26 to May 8.
Examination period: May 10 to May 22.
Spring term ends: Saturday, May 22.
Commencement: Thursday, May 27.
Different in First War
In the first World War the spring vacation was not abolished, and Commencement and Class Day took place on their traditional days, with simplified ceremony. Last year's Class Day was stripped of its most colorful feature, the confetti battle and parade at Harvard Stadium, and 1943's final fling will also be shorn of its peacetime luxury.
There was no mention of a 1943 Summer School, since it is felt that the Armed Forces will be plotting much of Harvard's future by that time.