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Egstad, H. M. (ed.) / The Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 32, Number X (July 1931)

78th commencement ceremony,   p. 379


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July, 1931                                                            The
Wisconsin Alumni Magazine
78th Commenceiment Ceremony
U lRGING THEM to bring both intelligence and           Their respective achievements
which led to their
       courage to face revolutionary changes promised  selection for honors
were outlined briefly in the praising
       by the next ten years of their lives, President  words of President
Glenn Frank who made the presen-
       Glenn Frank handed diplomas to 1,400 gradu-  tations.
ates at the 78th commencement of the University on    Each of the recipients
was greeted by the assembly
June 22. Later he conferred 159 higher degrees and five  with prolonged applause.
The reception of Prof. John
honorary degrees.                                      R. Commons was so
noisy and prolonged that it was
  The exercises were held in the new field house. The  necessary for President
Frank to cease speaking and
president's charge to the class, the welcoming words of  wait for the handclapping
to subside.
Governor La Follette and the invocation by the Rev.   Professor Commons was
given the honorary degree of
H. H. Lumpkin were punctuated by the thunderclaps   doctor of laws.
of a storm which passed over Camp Randall just after  Charles E. Brown, curator
of the Wisconsin Historical
the gowned and capped seniors had posed for a picture
and marched to their seats in the building.
  "I wish," Dr. Frank said, "that you may bring to
the rare decade of revolutionary changes that lies ahead.
a synthesis of intelligence and courage. We are at a
historical change in the road. The world is trying to
catch up. We are citizens of a swiftly changing world,
but we have been doing our thinking as if we lived in
a static world.
  "We must be prepared to rethink many of our be-
liefs in politics, economics and religion," he told the
graduates.
  "We shall see the emergency during, the next few
years of authentic leaders, adventurers, and Utopians,"
he continued. "The latter two are really camp follow-
ers. We must seek out and follow the authentic leaders."           
COMMENCEMENT
  Presenting the state's greetings, Governor La Follette
declared that Wisconsin "ad-                            museum and an
anthropologist, was awarded an honor-
heres to the conviction that man                        ary master of arts
degree.
is master of his environment                              Irving W. Bailey,
Harvard professor of plant anatomy
  "The line between the state                          and nationally
known botanist, received the degree of
and the University is only a for-         !            honorary doctor of
science.
mal one, because of their close                           Thomas J. Walsh,
'79, U. S. senator from Montana,
relation,"heexplained. "We look!                        was given
an honorary degree of doctor of laws.
upon you as joining an army                               A similar degree
was awarded to Harry F. Ward,
which believes that the society                         Union Theological
seminary professor and director of
in which we live can be con-                            the Civil Liberties
Union.
trolled."
  Orrin B. Evans, son of Judge
Evan A. Evans, president of the                              Hundreds Return
For Reunions
graduating class, presented two                                        (Continuedfrom
page 378)
checks to Dr. Frank, one for    ORRIN EVANS         students of Hon. Burr
W. Jones, '70, then presented the
$500 toward a new University    Class President     law school with a life
size bust of this famous barrister.
boat house, and the other for a sun room in the Univer-  Mr. Jones is without
doubt one of the most beloved
sity infirmary, as the memorial to the class of 1931.  alumni and former
faculty members of the Law school.
  Parents, relatives and friends of graduates, nearly  Judge Evan A. Evans,
Federal judge in Chicago,
filled the high-ceilinged athletic structure which, by the  conceived the
idea and wrote the initial letter which put
erection of a large flower-decked stage at the north end  the plan in motion.
A general committee was appointed
and filling of the playing space with chairs for the  which was headed by
Mr. A. W. Kopp, president of the
classes was converted temporarily into a huge audito-  State Bar Association
last year. Over 250 former stu-
rium to frustrate the fickle June skies which had in  dents of this grand
old man contributed to the fund
many previous years driven the exercises from the stad-  which provided for
the purchase.
ium to the stock pavilion at the last moment.         Burr W. Jones, a nationally
known alumnus, has had
  Graduates of the engineering and law schools marked  a brilliant career
in practicing, teaching and writing
the close of four years of traditional enmity by vocifer-  law. From 1872
to 1920, he practiced law in Madison
ously sky-rocketing each other in defiance of rules as  and for thirty of
these years was a professor in the Law
they went to the platform to receive their scrolls.  School. He also held
positions as chairman of the Wis-
  A botanist, a theologian, a museum curator, a U. S.  consin State Tax Commission
and president of the Wis-
senator and an economist were vested with honorary  consin Bar Association.
In 1920 he was appointed as-
degrees during the program.                                            (Continued
on page 407)
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