The Faculty unanimously adopts a new 4.0 grading scale and restricts the proportion of honors awarded each year to 60 percent of the graduating class. The change goes into effect starting with the Class of 2004 and 2005, respectively. The change is part of an effort to combat grade and honors inflation.
Commencement speaker Zayed M. Yasin ’02 becomes the center of controversy after The Crimson reports he would speak about the concept of jihad, as applied to the graduating seniors’ lives. More than 600 persons sign a petition protesting Yasin’s selection as an orator. Yasin has since changed the title of his speech from “The American Jihad,” and is still scheduled to speak.