June 10, 1938
Harriot Stanton Blatch, the president of the Class of ’78, led the parade as some 800 alumnae gathered on campus for Class Day, 1938. President MacCracken spoke to them on the subject of youth. “Youth wants above all,” he said, “to ‘belong.’ It asks to be taken seriously into all phases of life: government, church, school, business. It wants to be trusted, to be given its full share of intelligent responsibility. When that is done, there is no ‘youth problem,’ in the sense of any problem separate from general economic and social problems. The sooner we ask youth to share our own problems, the sooner we shall solve them.”
Dirndls were the dress of choice at the Class of 1938 exercises in the Outdoor Theater. Both the sophomores carrying the daisy chain and the entire graduating class, with the exception of the principle players in the class’s skit, “Senior White and the Twenty-six Daisies”—a satire on Walt Disney’s 1937 film—wore the winsome heroine’s costume. Janice Green ’38 composed “The Song of the Dirndl” and the daisy chain’s song.
Philaletheis performed Peter Pan in the Outdoor Theater in the evening. The New York Times