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Commencement centennial


It’s graduation season, and this spring Skidmore celebrates its 100th commencement by offering archival photos, history, and other bonuses to the 600-plus graduates and their guests and families. Honorary degrees go to Colin Greene, UWW ’01, an education leader in An-


tigua and beyond; James McPherson, au- thor of the Pulitzer-winning Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War and other books; and Ann Bogart, cofounder and artistic director of the SITI theater company. The faculty speaker, chosen by the grad- uating class, is historian Erica Bastress- Dukehart.


As the final commencement of the University Without Walls program, the occasion is also being marked by special events and celebrations—including the portrait gallery of UWW alumni on page 24 of this Scope.


Full coverage of the 100th commence- ment will follow in the fall Scope. —SR


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1912 Skidmore School of Arts’ first com- mencement awards 27 certificates 1913 Ivy-planting tradition begins, sen- iors passing ceremonial trowel to juniors 1916 Commencement caps full week of related activities 1918 Commencement ceremony moves to College Hall 1919 Skidmore School of Arts co-signs its own baccalaureate degrees (with state regents); as women’s suffrage is being adopted, Pres. Keyes urges grads to “take their conscience and their courage to the hustings and the polls” 1922 School’s new name and status, Skid more College, announced 1928 Ceremony held outdoors


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1930 Top achievers honored 1937 First honorary degree awarded, to Pres. Henry T. Moore 1942 Radcliffe Pres. Ada Louise Com - stock addresses 147 graduates on women’s roles in war 1946 Graduating class of 170 includes eight daughters of alumnae 1948 Ceremony moves to Convention Hall 1949 Grads include two men, first of the returning GIs 1958 Anthropologist Margaret Mead ad- dresses 193 grads 1966 Ceremony held on new campus, outside Field House 1967 Ceremony held at Saratoga


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Performing Arts Center 1971 Ballet dancers Edward Villela and Violet Verdy honored, offer a dialogue instead of speeches; grads include Skid- more’s first Phi Beta Kappa members 1972 Grads include first two men after coeducation began in 1971 1974 First UWW degrees conferred 1976 Astronomer Carl Sagan honored 1982 First appearance by Schenectady Pipe Band at Commencement 1987 Honorees include Saratoga folk- music impresaria Lena Spencer, poet lau- reate Richard Wilbur, and retiring Skid- more president Joe Palamountain 1990 Jazz bassist Milt Hinton honored, performs “Old Man Time” 1995 First master’s degrees awarded 1999 Saratoga-born actor David Hyde Pierce honored 2009 Graduation of Skidmore’s largest- ever class, numbering 694 2011 100th commencement exercises


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