Rain, 2019

It’s not looking good for commencement in the quad this Saturday. I’m out of town at a board meeting and the rain is predicted to be so bad that I’m frankly a little worried about getting home. Unfortunately Rice has had the same inclement weather plan since 1950–the gym:



Before the gym was built, though, a much prettier setting was in use and there were few enough attendees that they got reserved seats:

It didn’t rain in 1932 when that ticket was issued but it poured buckets in 1934, which may have been the last time we held a regular commencement across the street at St. Paul’s Methodist:

All I can say to the graduates, their families, and the blessed marshals is a hale and hearty “Good Luck!”

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8 Responses to Rain, 2019

  1. Galloway Hudson - Wiess '60 says:

    It’s 1960 all over again.

  2. effegee says:

    Or 1973…

  3. Paula Desel says:

    Let’s not forget May 9, 1981.

  4. Jessie Hermes Sloan, Jones 59 says:

    My brother, Larry Hermes, graduated in February, 1944, and either or both the Baccalaureate and Commencement exercises were held at St. Paul’s. I was a mere 5 years old at the time. It was also the first time I rode an escalator at the Sears store nearby.

  5. marmer01 says:

    St. Paul’s only seats 600. Even if they squeezed in a few more it still wouldn’t come close to the capacity required.

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