Archive for Sunday, May 15, 2011

40 years ago: Alumni, others arrive on campus for KU Commencement weekend

May 15, 2011


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May 15, 1971:

The annual Commencement festivities were underway at Kansas University. Hundreds of alumni were arriving on campus for several reunions, including the Classes of 1921, ’31, and ’46. The KU Alumni Association and the KU Endowment Association were both holding annual meetings, and the McCollum Laboratories and Nunemaker Hall were to be dedicated in the afternoon. Main events, aside from Sunday’s actual graduation exercises, also included the chancellor’s reception for seniors and parents and the commissioning of the ROTC cadets. Wesley Arden, Class of 1921, was officially the first alum to sign in at registration. Arden had “driven all over the place” and reported himself amazed at all the changes on the campus. He had also returned about a dozen years earlier, he said, to help the university set up its computer punch-card system.


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