The afternoon program will be proceeded by the traditional alumni parade. The procession, which is traditionally led by the oldest living alumni present, may be headed by George I. Cohen '08, though it is still not known whether he will be able to march, Harvard alumni officials said yesterday. If Cohen does not march, there are three members of the Class of '10 who may take his place, officials added.
The oldest Radcliffe alumnae, Mary R. McCarthy '12, will not be able to march today because she has sciatica, Lydia Lake, coordinator of Radcliffe reunions, said yesterday."
This morning, six honorary degrees will be awarded, including ones to Fuentes, Washington Post Publisher Katharine M. Graham, and art historian Meyer Schapiro, (see special report, page 11) The list of honor ands is usually kept secret up until the actual presentation.
Also at the morning exercises, during which presentation graduates of the College and Harvard's II graduate schools are awarded their degrees, three students will deliver speeches the Latin Salutatory Dissertation, and the Senior and Graduate English Addresses.
Director of Expository Writing Richard C. Marius, who reviewed all three searches, termed them "a very good batch," adding that he had read their speeches so many times that "if they forget their lines I'll just hop on up and say them."
Christopher Martin Lohse '81, who will deliver the graduate English address, said yesterday that his speech will discuss the differences between life as an undergraduate and at the Extension School, where he is currently enrolled.
Officials said that Lohse's speech marks the first time that an extension student will deliver the traditional graduate address.
Lohse, whose speech is called "10,000 Ghosts of Harvard," said that he is suing the Extention School for not giving him credit for certain courses he took there. He added, "I guess it's pretty open minded of them to let me speak then."
Elizabeth H. Kirkland '83, who will deliver the Latin oration, said yesterday she will discuss the passing of time at Harvard. "The idea is that we came here and time flew by--tempus fugit as it were--and we all came back together again at graduation."
Kirkland will appear on tomorrow morning's edition of NBC's "Today" show, which will be broadcast from Quincy Market in downtown Boston.
Gene Shalit, one of the show's anchormen, said yesterday that he will also interview Hamilton Fish '10 on the show, which is being broadcast from Boston to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the city's local affiliate WBZ-TV.
Shalit added that the show will include segments of yesterday's Class Day ceremonies as well as an "amusing intro" look at Harvard's past, including material on the college days of past U.S. presidents Franklin '04 and Theodore Roosevelt (Class of 1880). The senior English Address, which Marius described as "very serious," will be given by Jon Kenton '83. The University will also award the following degrees:
* 352 in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
* 12 in the School of Dental Medicine. The small number is due to the switch from a four-year to a five-year program.
* 105 in the School of Design.