The enormous white tent pitched on Garland Field was filled
to capacity both morning and afternoon on Thursday, May 23,
as thousands gathered to watch members of the class of 2002
take their first steps off the Homewood campus toward the
rest of their lives.
The occasion was Johns Hopkins' 126th
commencement, with the universitywide degree-conferring
event followed a few hours later by the undergraduate
diploma ceremony for the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
and the Whiting School of Engineering. Both ceremonies were
punctuated with a steady stream of applause, spontaneous
hoops and hollers, and even a few joyous airhorn blasts for
Evergreen's grounds become an artistic
The 16-foot-tall bamboo arch doesn't so much sit on
Evergreen's garden lawn, it erupts. Spiked like a porcupine
with blunted quills, the sculpture has a texture that begs
to be explored.
Some 30 yards away, set off in the woods,
stand a number of Ailanthus trees wrapped in yellow beads,
multicolored cloth ribbons and labels of green-tea bottles.
The splash of bright colors beckons the observer into an
otherwise gray patch of "trash trees" for a closer
inspection. In whichever direction you look, something
strange or beautiful can be found as, from now to the end of
the summer, the flowers of imagination are in full bloom at
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