June 6, 1943
In his address at Commencement, President MacCracken declared that, while wartime placed great emphasis on scientific training and on applied sciences, the broad liberal arts education was not in peril. He predicted that liberal studies of tomorrow would be valued in relation to their capacity to use freedom to directly effect the advancement of the culture. Two hundred sixty-eight members of the Class of 1943 received the bachelor’s degree, and five master’s degrees were awarded—three in the arts and two in the sciences.
Dean C. Mildred Thompson ’03, honored for her 20 years of decanal service, observed that, despite the recent national and world turmoil, 75.5 percent of the class that entered in 1939 received their degrees at the ceremony. The number of the original class completing their degrees was 5 percent higher than in the Class of 1942 and about 10 percent higher than in the Class of 1941. The New York Times