Speaking on the afternoon of Commencement day, Massachusetts governor Calvin Coolidge calls education the nation's biggest industry and the one that yields the largest dividends, and says citizens must be prepared to pay market price for "marked intellectual ability and teaching power."
Construction crews are busy pouring foundations for the first units of the new "houses" on Plympton and DeWolfe Streets, raising the steel frame of the new athletic building, and converting Boylston Hall from a mostly science to a mostly nonscience facility.
The Harvard Club of Hawaii welcomes President Franklin Delano Roosevelt '04 and the Harvard baseball team to its annual picnic.
After sweeping Yale for the second year in a row at New London, the heavyweight crew sails for England, where it captures the Grand Challenge Cup at Henley--last won by a Harvard team in 1914.
President James Bryant Conant offers Harvard's Dumbarton Oaks estate in Washington, D.C., for a conference of delegates from Britain, Russia, and the United States to plan for the preservation of peace in the postwar world.
Fully air-conditioned Lamont Library, open to both sexes during summer school, becomes the center of activity during the hottest Cambridge summer yet recorded.
Quincy House is rushed toward completion for September occupancy. Meanwhile, summer school enrollment leaps by 25 percent, to 3,669 students, including 306 from 61 foreign countries.
Post-Commencement statistics reveal that, excluding seniors headed for engineering, research, and technical jobs, the Peace Corps (at 16 percent) claims the largest segment of new graduates.
New studies offer various plans for improving Harvard Square: among the issues involved are the dearth of parking spaces and debate over rerouting cars, proposed guidelines for real-estate development, and Harvard's long-range development plans.
Despite a June ruling by the Supreme Court that colleges can require "reasonable physical qualifications" of their applicants, Harvard will abide by its plan to make all buildings accessible to disabled persons by 1980 by installing ramps and elevators.
Harvard Stadium enjoys an Olympic moment as a site of quarterfinal rounds in men's soccer. At the opening ceremonies, skydivers form the Olympic rings high over the stadium; the diver who misses the playing field and lands on the roof of a nearby building is unhurt.