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  Collection # DRT-60.1-002   

Graduation Related Materials, 1978-1982   

Main Entry: Upper School- Principal                    Volume: 30 Files 

Biographical/Historical Note: 
          The office of the Upper School Principal/Associate Headmaster was created in the late 1970s.  Bob Ballentine, who came to GMA in 1959 and held a number of teaching and administrative positions, served as principal from 1976 until his retirement in 1984.  This office became responsible for planning and implementing graduation procedures and exercises during this period.  Roger Sloan, who came to Woodward in 1971, was the Academic Dean during this period and assisted with academic requirements and graduation- related events. 

Scope and Content: 
          Arranged in chronological order, the collection consists of handwritten, typed, and photocopied pages and notecards, computer printouts, carboned expense receipts, student newspapers, one photograph, and printed invitations, admission tickets, and programs relating to graduation exercises and events, 1978-1982.  These papers were collected originally in five jumbled legal-sized file folders, one for each year. 
          These materials consist of graduation invitations, lists of graduates, and processional orders for all years.  Included also are college enrollment statistics, baccalaureate, senior banquet, and graduation notes and schedules.  All years contain lists of award winners, administrative forms and correspondence concerning graduation procedures and Honor Roll, as well as copies of the student newspapers, The Vorpal Blade (1978) and The Blade (1979-1982). 
          Of special interest are handwritten pages inserted by Roger Sloan, Academic Dean, sketching seating arrangements, critiquing the events, and suggesting alternatives for the next year, including the first graduation held in front of Richardson Hall in 1979. 

Subject Headings: 
          Special Events- Jr.-Sr. Prom  250.3 
          Special Events- Graduation  250.5 
          Graphic Images and Photographs  260.0 

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