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May 03, 1978 - Image 13

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The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, May 3, 1978-Page 13

Vice President Walter Mon-
dale delivers the keynote ad-
dress at Saturday's commen-
' cement exercises; one
graduate holds up a sign
urging divestiture of Univer-
sity holdings in companies
which operate in South Africa;
anxious graduates stand in
line for what will hopefully be
the last time; University
President Robben Fleming
awards Mondale an honorary
doctor of laws degree; grads
listen intently to Mondale's
address; Fleming and Vice-
President for State Relations
and Secretary of the Univer-
sity Richard Kennedy laugh at
one of the lighter moments
during Mondale's speech;
audience members protest the
University's failure to divest
South African holdings.
ng the 'U's nest

gan Senator Phillip Hart
m a "rare and peaceful
iven an honorary doctor
educator Paulo Freire.
was presented with an
citation stated in part,
s of the world the blocks
F seeks to turn the spoken
ings and personal year-
Jad and write."
the energy crisis is an
problem that the new
ice president said alter-
or geothermal power
for social justice and
times by applause and
n't seem to be bothered
done in a few minutes."

At one point a graduate rushed up to one of the demonstra-
tors, grabbed a sign, and tore it in two pieces to the applause
of the crowd. There was.no effort to expell demonstrators..
NEW PHD'S WERE awarded their degrees one at a time.
As one doctoral candidate approached the stage, her son
yelled out, "Yea, Mom!" The rest of the students stood up in
groups, distinguished by their tassels, a different color for
each school. Engineers and business students were-the most
vocal in their expressions of joy as they stood to be
University President Robben Fleming remarked in his
brief opening speech that gradudation is a family event. And
so it was. Flashbulbs popped throughout the ceremony as
parents tried to zero in on the relevant mortar board. A few of
the grads made it easier by taping the name of their sorority
or fraternity on the top of their Oxfordian hats, while others
signaled "Hi Mom," or "RN" for Registered Nurse. One
woman dangled her tassle from a cowboy hat. After the
ceremony, mothers and fathers hugged and shook hands with
the graduates, heading off for cars and restaurants in the
brilliant April sunshine.

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