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post #61 of 77
Ahhh, it's nice that Harvard is not so dreadfully stodgy anymore. I am proud that my school has come so far so quickly.
post #62 of 77
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I am proud that my school has come so far so quickly.

I'm very proud of you.


- B
post #63 of 77
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Bravo, some pretty smart people here on SF.

We have stood on the shoulders of giants. And also on the shoulders of whnay. and .
post #64 of 77
So much lamentation in this thread



Fred Fortmiller '51, M.B.A. '53, in the basement of Matthews Hall, checking sizes to make sure he will be wearing the right hat, part of his Marshal's regalia, during Harvard's 351st Commencement.


Suffolk County Sheriff Richard Rouse (foreground) and Middlesex County Sheriff James DiPaola trot gracefully into the Yard on their splendid (and powerful) steeds. (2002)



Middlesex County Sheriff James V. DiPaola calls Commencement Exercises to order. (2002)



(2002)
post #65 of 77
This was on Will's blog today:

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I was the only man (on jury duty) who didn't work for the court and who was wearing a suit. Or a tie. Or a dress shirt. There's something really weird going on in our culture, where people seem to have replaced decorating their bodies with clothes with decorating them with tattoos, then wearing as little clothing as possible to show them off -- and it's usually the last people who should be wearing as little clothing as possible.

I've recently gotten into the early years of Dallas again on DVD. While I know it's just a TV show, so I can't say how accurate it is and I'm not old enough to remember, I can't help but notice how most of the men on the show wear suits and ties almost all the time -- and when they're dressed casually, like on a weekend, it's usually in a sports jacket and open-collared dress shirt. I also notice how, whenever a man is working in his office in his shirtsleeves and his secretary buzzes him to say he has a guest, he always gets up and puts his suit jacket on before the person walks in. We've gone in 30 years from men who don't want to be seen in their shirtsleeves to men who don't want to wear shirts with sleeves.

-Email from Johnny Kramer
post #66 of 77
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- B
I don't know that these photos, charming though they are, prove much of anything. The marshalls and officials still wear morning suits, I believe, and obviously academic regalia as those above remain de rigueur for faculty. The gown style has changed -- most are now closed-front, but I'd say the vast majority of professors wear at least shirt and tie under the gown (or the equivalent in women's dress). I don't think they're using the reading room in Widener as the assembly room these days though! Photos of what students were wearing would be more revealing, I suspect. Academic processions still maintain a fairly high degree of formality (dress-up, costume, whatever), but the soon-to-be graduates now certainly dress far more casually than their predecessors. Also, B: I don't think that's Pusey in the photo above -- he looks too old, and that's not the presidential outfit either. The president's robes are closed-front and a bit more ornate, like so: The gentleman is wearing the regular Harvard PhD gown, though not in the now more customary hot pink. The crow's feet are the giveaway.
post #67 of 77
I received my master's degree this year and can say the dress at commencement was disappointing, which was to be expected. While I give kudos to the officials for at least making an effort at looking dignified, most of their morning suits were terribly ill-fitting and were worn almost like Halloween costumes. Definitely not with the comfort and panache as shown in the LIFE photos. The graduating students were obviously much worse. You're graduating from Harvard, at least put on a tie for fuck's sake!
post #68 of 77
I should imagine some of these students were wearing flip-flops underneath their gowns.
post #69 of 77
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I should imagine some of these students were wearing flip-flops underneath their gowns.

I think my favorite was the guy wearing cowboy boots sans pants. A close second was the girl wearing Aqua Socks.
post #70 of 77
Miniver Cheevy, child of scorn,
Grew lean while he assailed the seasons;
He wept that he was ever born,
And he had reasons.

Miniver loved the days of old
When swords were bright and steeds were prancing;
The vision of a warrior bold
Would set him dancing.

Miniver sighed for what was not,
And dreamed, and rested from his labors;
He dreamed of Thebes and Camelot,
And Priam's neighbors.

Minever mourned the ripe renown
That made so many a name so fragrant;
He mourned Romance, now on the town,
And Art, a vagrant.

Minever loved the Medici,
Albeit he had never seen one;
He would have sinned incessantly
Could he have been one.

Miniver cursed the commonplace
And eyed a khaki suit with loathing;
He missed the mediæval grace
Of iron clothing.

Miniver scorned the gold he sought,
But sore annoyed was he without it;
Miniver thought, and thought, and thought,
And thought about it.

Miniver Cheevy, born too late,
Scratched his head and kept on thinking;
Miniver coughed, and called it fate,
And kept on drinking.

_________
One of my favorite American poems. Seemed relevant to this post.
post #71 of 77
[quote=voxsartoria;2724499]Hmmm...I award you twelve haganah points for that. Here's Rockefeller a year later in 1962:



So, the guy standing on the table is a doppelganger.

The brothers in 1967:



B[/QUOTE

Note the notched lapel tux on David Rockefeller.
I got a similar one in '65 from Paul Stuart.
It still fits.
post #72 of 77
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I should imagine some of these students were wearing flip-flops underneath their gowns.

You should imagine correctly: http://harvardextension.wordpress.co...encement-2010/

post #73 of 77
When you say a good number, you mean like 10 or 20 out of thousands?

Most kids I graduated with had flip-flops and shorts underneath their robes.

This sort of tradition has basically died out at Harvard.

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A good number of people actually showed up in morning dress at this year's commencement. Though I think most faculty/staff nowadays stay in academic regalia throughout.
post #74 of 77
Elitism is really looked down upon at Harvard. Even in the Final Club I was a part of there is pressure not to come across as stuffy or old school. Many of my peers came from extremely affluent families and yet dressed plainly with their north face fleeces, jeans and sneakers. You'll pretty much be ostracized at Harvard if you start sporting Loro Piana suits and bespoke footwear.

Financial aid and meritocracy has really changed the demographics of the Harvard community. It's really no longer cool to look rich anymore.

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I received my master's degree this year and can say the dress at commencement was disappointing, which was to be expected. While I give kudos to the officials for at least making an effort at looking dignified, most of their morning suits were terribly ill-fitting and were worn almost like Halloween costumes. Definitely not with the comfort and panache as shown in the LIFE photos. The graduating students were obviously much worse. You're graduating from Harvard, at least put on a tie for fuck's sake!
post #75 of 77
Very different vibe from UPenn commencement, but not that surprising considering this is the big H!

Love those trousers.
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