Like the class of 2011, Fridays with Fred will be absent from campus for the summer after this week; unlike Sunday's graduates, the feature will return in August. Happy hiatus!
Below, some scenes of Commencement exercises past:
Under the sword lifted high,
There is hell making you tremble;
But go ahead,
And you have the land of bliss
- Miyamoto Musashi (1584-1645)
An enthusiastic Bachelor of Canine Studies (BCS) leads the faculty procession at Commencement in 1982.
Student Randy Roberts rejoices as President Martha Peterson looks on during Commencement 1981.
Graduating seniors gathered on the Indian Mounds in 1931 for the short-lived Commencement tradition of passing a peace pipe.
The Commencement line at the intersection of College and Emerson streets in 1952 as captured by famed Beloit photographer, Ray Metzker, class of 1953.