Getting ready for commencement, of course, means more than just putting up the platform. One of the other things I enjoy every year is the general sprucing up of the campus. On the one hand this is just good maintenance policy, but on the other all the hustle and bustle really adds to the feeling that what is about to happen is a Big Deal. I admit that I may be desperate for excitement but I think it creates a charming and fun atmosphere. And thus it has always been. Here’s a picture from the commencement spruce up of 1927–they’re smoothing the gravel drive for the visitors who will soon flood the scene:
And this morning these genial fellows were carefully putting mulch around the hedges, working very hard in the already hot sun:
To add to the festive atmosphere on the quad, a tour group came through, snapping pictures of me snapping pictures of them:
A closer look reveals that they are Rubbermaid trash cans.