Monday, May 16, 2016
MY COLLEGE GRADUATION
Monday night President Obama delivered the commencement address to about 20000 Rutgers graduates and their families.
No greater thrill could any graduate have than the having their graduation graced by the POTUS.
The probably one exception in magnitude was my own graduation on June 4, 1940 from UVA.
It was a hot and humid rainy day at UVA. that June 10, 1940 when the ceremony had to be moved indoors with only parents allowed inside the Memorial Gymnasium when I received my BA.
President Roosevelt was to deliver the Graduation address since his son was receiving his Law degree. The speech he delivered was not his prepared one
Since the night before Italy had invaded France he abandoned his prepared remarks in favor of major policy statement known as THE STAB IN THE BACK speech in which he formally announced that the US would abandoned its isolation policy and openly support England in its war effort.
Since TV was unknown at that time, thi is a transcript of the speech.
My second graduation 3 years from Medical School was also unusual since we were now at war and the pr4evious summer vacation from Medical School was eliminated making our graduation in March with a small brief ceremony. Tha5t year a second class graduated in December.