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1970 was a year that saw the Beatles break up, the first Earth Day celebrated in the U.S., and All My Children hit the ABC airwaves. Born in 1970 were Actor Matt Damon and figure skating sweetheart Tonya Harding, while rock legends Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix joined the 27 Club. However, 1970 was also a year of social unrest on college campuses, resulting in several universities, including BU, canceling their commencement exercises.
Now, 40 years later, BU will bring closure to the class of 1970, as reported in a recent Boston Globe article, with over 300 members of the class coming back to campus to take part in the 2010 Boston University commencement.
The weekend ceremonies will begin with a slide show on Saturday, May 15th by nationally acclaimed photojournalist, author, and music historian Peter Simon. Through the Lens: Peter Simon (COM’70) and Your Generation will include images captured during his time as photo editor of the BU News.
A service of remembrance at Marsh Chapel will also be held on the 15th, to honor late classmates of the class of 1970, as well as to reflect on events of the era.
On May 16, prior to the University’s commencement ceremony, the class will take part in its own formal convocation at CFA‘s Concert Hall. The graduates will then march with the class of 2010 on Nickerson Field for commencement.
A complete list of programs for the class of 1970 can be found here.
Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General of the United States, will deliver the commencement address at Boston University’s 137th graduation ceremonies at BU’s Nickerson Field at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 16.
Holder, the nation’s 82nd Attorney General, will speak before more than 5,000 graduates and 20,000 guests at New England’s largest graduation ceremony and will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.
BU President Robert A. Brown announced the commencement, baccalaureate speakers and honorary degree recipients to the members of the Class of 2010 this morning at the annual Senior Breakfast, held at the George Sherman Union.
The prestigious list of honorary degree recipients includes Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee (Doctor of Letters); Presidential Medal of Freedom winner and civil rights defender William T. Coleman, Jr., and Osamu Shimomura, Ph.D., Nobel Prize-winning chemist (Doctor of Science).