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.