Education: Words of Hope and Warning

Diversity is the dominant theme for the class of '84

Among the waves of mortarboards at commencements across the U.S. this year, several, as usual, bore signs and greetings. One at the University of California at Berkeley offered a proud—and significant—variation on the customary HI, MOM. It read: HI, I AM MOM. The message aptly symbolized the presence of older generations among 1984's 1.37 million graduates, Mario Savio, 41, a leader of the Free Speech Movement at Berkeley in 1964, finally earned a physics degree, summa cum laude, from San Francisco State University. At Lehman College of City University of New York,...

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