Friday, April 20, 2012

The tradition of ivy

PRESIDENT McELANEY-JOHNSON has been holding town hall meetings the last couple of weeks to discussion ideas and visions for the next strategic plan. Among the topics is looking at past traditions  that would be viable today, and showcase the College's long, distinguished heritage.

Traditions? Heritage? How do you spell A-R-C-H-I-V-E-S?

This picture reminded us of one tradition we've noticed -- garlands of ivy. If you look at the feet of this group -- the Class of 1931 with commencement speaker Joseph "Mr. Los Angeles" Scott -- you'll see on the steps of the Lecture Hall festoons of fresh ivy. 

We've seen a number of old commencement photos showing the juniors lining stairs and walkways for the graduating seniors, who processed across Chalon to the ceremony. The juniors all held a length of vine, creating a special route of honor.

We'll be on the lookout for other beautiful, simple traditions and will post them here.

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