Education: Head High, Chin Up, Eyes Clear

A record number of graduates face their new world, bravely

The class of '82 is in a class by itself. It is the largest in history: 945,000 bachelor's degrees, 303,000 master's degrees, 33,300 doctorates and an all-time high of 73,600 first professional degrees. Most of its graduates were born around 1960, at the tail end of the baby boom and the height of national prosperity, and will turn 40 around the year 2000. This class, almost evenly divided between male and female graduates, has great demographic diversity, with many older students and minorities.

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