Education: Commencement and Counter-Commencement

THE most remarkable aspect of this year's college commencements is that so many are actually coming off. In the wake of Cambodia and Kent State, some observers predicted widespread commencement walkouts, to say nothing of possible riots. But in the past few weeks, students have channeled their anger and done on campus what they hope to do in politics: work within the system to bring about substantive change. On many campuses, student influence has produced unorthodox commencements—but commencements nonetheless. They have carried, for their participants, new and realistic symbolism, and in the main they have been orderly. A nationwide sampler:

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