• Dartmouth Trivia, June 1962

    Monday, June 4, 2012
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Members of the Class of 1962 arrive in Hanover June 7 to celebrate their 50th Reunion. In honor of the class, we took a quick look back at what was happening on campus during their Commencement in June 1962.  

  • Commencement was held June 10, the exact date of Commencement 2012.
  • 606 undergraduates received degrees. President John Sloan Dickey ’29 delivered his memorable phrase, “Once again, the words are ‘so long’ because in the Dartmouth fellowship there is no parting.”
  • Commencement speaker Arthur Dean, an expert on nuclear proliferation, told the graduates: “Never dare not to care. For to live and to have our society live you must care. To care is to be a full man and not to care to be a dull one. And whoever heard of a Dartmouth man being dull?”
  • The valedictorian was James Hale ’62. Hale went on to receive his law degree and to serve as general counsel and vice president for businesses including General Mills and Target.
  • Astronaut Alan Shepard received an honorary degree.
  • Retiring faculty members that year included Paul Sample '20, artist-in-residence from 1938 to 1962.
  • Many of the graduates had heard Martin Luther King Jr. speak at Dartmouth about civil rights one month earlier.
  • The Hopkins Center for the Arts was five months from opening. (This year, the new Black Family Visual Arts Center is about five months from opening.)
  • A Dartmouth sweatshirt, green with white lettering, sold for $2.50 at the Moose Mountain Store on Allen Street.
  • Movies playing at the Nugget Theater included The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.