Universities: A Time to Listen

The newest thing in attending commencement exercises is walking out on them; thus can the grim and hot-eyed war protester strike at the Government at the cost of some hapless official waiting in cap and gown for the honorary degree that the protesters conceive to be a seal of approval for the war.

At New York University last week, President James Hester had hardly pronounced the name "Robert Strange McNamara" when a dozen N.Y.U. faculty members and 131 violet-robed graduates walked silently up a grassy aisle and out of their commencement exercises to protest U.S. military action in...