Perhaps the students wanted their professors to be more like them. Or maybe they just were looking for a greater sense of formality as they prepared to enter the real world after college.
Whatever the reason, the senior class at State College voted on this day in 1934 to ask faculty members to wear caps and gowns during graduation ceremonies “or else refrain from taking part in the procession,” according to a story in the Technician. There was no reason given in the story for the students’ concerns.
But they did seem to have an interest in caps, for they also voted during the meeting at the YMCA in favor of freshmen being required again to wear caps on campus. The requirement had been lifted a few years earlier after complaints that the caps were used to identify freshmen for hazing.
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It’s graduation time again at NC State. While many people still think of May as the time for graduation, an increasing number of students at NC State are taking part in December graduation ceremonies.
Graduates and their families will gather at the RBC Center at 9 am Saturday for this year’s December graduation ceremonies. Chancellor Randy Woodson will speak and Rajendra K. Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, will deliver the keynote address. Pachauri earned his master’s degree in industrial engineering and Ph.D.s in industrial engineering and economics at NC State.
Congratulations to the newest NC State alumni!
We’d love to hear your stories about graduation, either your own or that of your children. How did you celebrate the special day when you went from being a student to a graduate of NC State? Were you sweating out in Reynolds Coliseum or waiting your turn in Dorton Arena?
Share your memories with us, and we’ll publish some of them in the spring issue of NC State magazine.
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The Memorial Bell Tower is undergoing some badly needed repair work.
The NC State Bulletin noted this week that the Bell Tower was suffering as the result of a slow seepage of water into the joints.
“Water has gotten in, especially in the shrine room, causing the place to kind of fall apart,” Andy Snead, the university’s director of design and construction services, told the Bulletin.
Work crews have been busy this week resealing the masonry joints throughout the lower 18 feet of the tower. The repair job has a budget of $13,000.
But don’t worry - the Bulletin says any scaffolding will be gone before graduation so students and their families can pose for pictures in front of the Bell Tower.
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Matt Long and Chandler Thompson at the Alumni Association's Homecoming Members' Tailgate in 2009.
This is the first post from Matt Long, a senior finance major from Hickory. He’s one of four students who will be blogging for us this fall. Learn more about them here.
It’s the final countdown. I have officially begun my senior year at NC State. As an underclassman, I had always heard seniors say, “I can’t believe it. The time really has flown by.” Well, as much as I hate to follow the crowd, they were right. It almost seems impossible that I have been a student at State for three years already and have less than one remaining. So thus begins a year of lasts: my last football season as a student, my last Homecoming, my last Christmas vacation, and the list goes on. It really becomes increasingly depressing the more that I think about it. I still remember what my chemistry teacher told me right before graduating high school. She said, “Make everything you can out of your college years because never in your life will you again be presented with the opportunities that you have in those four years.” It has taken the bitter reality of my time at State coming to an end for me to realize that she was right. I feel that being a student at NC State has provided me with opportunities that I will forever remember and tell my kids about some day.
Looking back, it is difficult to narrow down my top memories from my time here, but there are some events that stick out in my mind. I will always remember the amazing Homecoming weeks and the contagious school spirit that captivates the campus during that time. It’s a week that red floods the campus and students come together in celebration of our great university.
Pep rally before the NC State/South Carolina football game in 2009.
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