Did you know that upon graduating Rutgers University, students historically would break clay pipes overtop the Old Queens Cannon? This tradition, which dates back to the 1800, is symbolic of students parting ways with undergraduate life and making the final transition into adulthood. Zack discusses the significance of this historic tradition and its current state today on this episode of Scarlet Lore.
This is the second episode in my web series Scarlet Lore, which explores the history and tradition of Rutgers University that you never knew existed. Updated every friday here on Vimeo as well as I AM RUTGERS Magazine at i-am.rutgers.edu
The History. The Tradition. The Speech.
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Three Categories: Undergraduate English, Undergraduate Latin, Graduate English
Each year at the Harvard Commencement, three graduating students speak to approximately 32,000 students, faculty, parents, alumni/ae, and guests. As soon as the first anthem concludes, a senior strides to the microphone and announces, Salvete omnes! What follows is one of the oldest of Harvard traditions - an oration in Latin. Then a graduating senior, followed by a representative from one of the graduate or professional schools, deliver speeches in English. The original purpose of these speeches was to defend one’s thesis but, over time, topics have broadened and may now address important issues, current events, or lessons learned from personal experiences at Harvard or in the wider world.