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Thowback Thursday: Class Day during wartime

From our January 1943 issue, 75 years ago. Students at Yale during World War II graduated on an accelerated schedule, which meant the Class of 1943 celebrated its commencement in December 1942. Certain Class Day traditions, like the planting of a sprig of ivy on the Old Campus, had to be adapted to the season. Grafton M. Peberdy, superintendent of Yale’s bureau of planting (left), and Class Day vice chair James M. Potts ’43 (right) planted the class's ivy in a dish at the Woolsey Hall ceremony. Peberdy cared for the ivy until it could be planted outside in the spring.

Filed under World War II, Class of 1943, Class Day, Commencement
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