Odysseys begin for new
Under the tent on the Homewood campus's Keyser quadrangle,
some 979 seniors will graduate on Thursday, May 25, each of them
about to embark on a unique journey. Here are the stories of four
soon-to-be Hopkins graduates, whose next adventures will touch
other lives in the Rio Grande River Valley, Eritrea, Korea and
Ceremonies put cap on 124th
In the face of superstition, The Johns Hopkins University held
its first commencement ceremony on the 13th of June 1878. It was
by preference a humble and private affair held at Hopkins Hall,
the university's first home, located in downtown Baltimore at the
corner of Howard and Centre streets.
The graduating class was a modest group of
four, who included Josiah Royce, who went on to become a William
James disciple and renowned Idealist philosopher.
To notify all "officers and students" of the
ceremony, President Daniel Coit Gilman the day before sent out a
succinct, handwritten memo, stating, "The degree of Doctor of
Philosophy will be conferred on those candidates who have passed
all their examinations."
He added, "The ceremony will be very brief."
University salutes outstanding
Teaching is an art that requires patience, skill and, oftentimes,
a good dose of creativity. To recognize those who excel in this
artistry, the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association since 1992 has
sponsored the Excellence in Teaching Awards so that each academic
division of the university might publicly recognize the critical
importance of teaching.
Each year the Alumni Council provides funds to
each school--this year the amount was $2,000--that can be given
to one winner, shared by up to four or attached to another,
divisional teaching award. The nomination and selection process
differs by school, but students must be involved in the selection
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