WILLIAMSTOWN, June 22. - While other colleges are rejoicing in the festivities of commencement week, Williams men are grinding away in dread despair on the verge of that one institution hated above all others by a college man, annual examinations. The seniors are nearly through their work, their final examinations coming on Thursday and Friday of this week. At Friday evening prayers they will be formally dismissed from college with the usual ceremony, familiarly known to Williams men as "Hi Juvenes."
The annual examinations begin Monday, the 26th, and continue through the following Friday. On Friday evening, after the examinations, the classes with the exception of the seniors will hold their class suppers, the juniors going to Albany, the sophomores and freshmen going to hotels in the immediate vicinity.
Active preparations for commencement are now being pushed on every hand, and the indications are that the week will be unusually attractive. The general programme for the week will be : Baccalaureate sermon by President Carter, Sunday, July 2; address before the Adelphic Union by President White of Cornell, on Monday evening; a memorial discourse on President Garfield by Dr. Hopkins Tuesday morning, followed by the unveiling of the Garfield memorial window which is to be placed in the chapel. Tuesday afternoon the class day exercises will take place. On Wednesday morning the graduating exercises will take place, and in the evening President Carter will hold a reception. On the same evening there will also be a grand promenade concert in Goodrich Hall.
Some time during the week the Athletic Association will give a gymnastic exhibition, which promises to be very successful, as the men have been in constant practice for several months and have accomplished some excellent work. There will also be a concert given by the college orchestra and glee club, and the junior dramatic entertainment given with such success a few weeks ago will be repeated.
The seniors have introduced several new features in the programme of class day exercises, and it is hoped that more will be made of this day in the future than has been done in the past, and the exercises rendered more varied and interesting.
The class statistics of '82 have just appeared and give some very interesting figures. The class is a very small one, graduating only thirty-nine men. The class is the youngest that has graduated since '75, the average age being 22 years, 5 months, 4 days. The average height is 5 feet 9 1/2 inches; weight, 154 2/3 lbs.; chest, 37 inches; forearm, 10 7/8; biceps, 12 1/4; calf, 14; hips, 33; thigh, 21; shoulder breadth, 17; hat, 7; shoe, 7; glove, 7 1/2. Eleven have chosen law; 8, business; 6, ministry; 3, teaching; 2, medicine; 1, science; 1, manufacturing and 12 are on the fence. The oldest man is 28 years, 6 months, 4 days; the youngest, 19 years, 10 months, 23 days. The tallest man is 6 feet 1 3/4 inches; the shortest, 5 feet 2 3/4 inches. The heaviest man weighs 200 lbs.; the lightest, 115 lbs.
The class has attended 1500 prayers; listened to 143 sermons; recited 1851 recitations; undergone 17 written and 23 oral examinations, not counting "senior ex." The total number of days in their course has been 1022.
The base-ball interest has entirely died out. The inter-class games, which were begun so enthusiastically, were necessarily abandoned, owing to the refusal of the two lower classes, especially the sophomores, to contribute their quota towards the requisite fund. The season has, however, developed several strong players, and we confidently expect to have a strong college nine in the fall.