Yes, surprisingly, there can be too much of a good thing when it comes to Commencement and Reunion activities (Elms and Classes, July/August). This is especially a concern to our great class of 1950 as we gear up to celebrate our sixty-fifth in 2015.
There is never enough time, space, or convenient parking to accommodate the assemblage of humanity that gathers to celebrate. On reflection, perhaps there could be two celebrations. The first, on Commencement Day, would recognize the achievement of another great class of Brown graduates, their families, and recent reunion classes up to the twenty-fifth year. Then, in the fall, perhaps another event could be staged to celebrate adequately the elegant, but aging, graduates of yesteryears—twenty-six years plus reunionees.
Such an event might concentrate on matters of interest to both the University and the assemblage: health and wealth, for example. The logical driving force of this event might be the College Hill Society, with time devoted to Brown’s efforts in the chosen subject area.
Despite what some would call “advanced age,” the writer is, very thankfully, able to walk the walk down and up College Hill, but soon will be thankful for modifications to the existing Commencement pandemonium.
LeRoy F. Anderson ’50