Education: Family Reunion

Inside the Gothic doorways to Yale's Sterling Memorial Library, the great procession formed, bright with the hoods of scholars and notables from all over the world. As the bells of Harkness Tower pealed Onward,, Christian Soldiers, the column moved slowly across the campus to Woolsey Hall. There, the Rt. Rev. Henry Knox Sherrill, presiding bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church and fellow of the Yale Corporation, called the assembly to prayer. Yale's 250th anniversary celebration had begun.

It was not an occasion for famous outsiders—presidents or prime ministers or politicians. The most important guests who showed up were all in the academic...

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