Education: What the New Grads Are Hearing

At college commencements, babies, trumpets, politics as usual

This spring, as usual, assorted elders have been capped, gowned and summoned to daises across the U.S. to try to say something wise, important or at least heartfelt to the year's 1.3 million new college graduates. Their collective mood was somber, reflecting anxiety over the arms race, education and the Government's new budget. Some speakers used the campus rostrum for political oratory. One university, Fairleigh Dickinson in Rutherford, N.J., chose not to have a speaker. Instead the students called in Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, creator of...

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