Universities: Of Reason & Revolution

The majority of graduates undoubtedly received their degrees with the usual mixture of relief and pride, anticipating graduate work, careers—or the draft. But many of this year's college and university commencements were surrounded by a palpable atmosphere of tension. Conscious of their newfound power, students eyed their speakers with more than the usual contempt for cliché and platitude. Wary orators appeared to treat the graduates of '68 with respect rather than condescension, and pleaded, in effect, that they reason together as adults. What many of them wanted to reason about was...