Finally, because this will be my last opportunity to talk with you seniors as a group, I want to talk a little about Michigan State College and your personal relationships with it. Up until the moment you receive your diplomas, you have been free to sever your connections with Michigan State at any time.
But once you accept your diplomas … your status changes and you become a part of Michigan State College forever. You cannot disown the College, and the College cannot disown you.
Never forget that the reputation of this College depends to a large extent on the records and reputations of its alumni. For that reason, Michigan State will always be interested in you and what you do. And if at any time Michigan State College can be of service to you in the years ahead, do not hesitate to ask for that help. It will be given to you, freely and willingly.
There is another side to this relationship: to some degree, you will always be interested in the good name and welfare of this College. Its stamp of approval is upon you forever, and if its prestige as an educational institution grows, so will the worth of your affiliation with it. But if it should fall on evil days, the value of your association with it will decline.
So I must remind you that as you are to feel free to call on the College for help, so the College is free to call upon you for help in the time of trouble.
Always remember that Michigan State College stands as a great memorial to a great idea fostered by a great system of democratic government. As a living mechanism for service to the people of Michigan, this nation and the world, it has great, exciting tasks to perform. As a part of that living mechanism–forever, you will have reason to become increasingly proud of your Alma Mater and mine. The difficulties of this day will be overcome, and she will go on with your help to greater and more glorious things.
MSU Facts is one year old today! I would like to thank all of you for your continued support and for helping me to make this blog what it has become today through your questions, suggestions, and kind words. I wasn’t quite sure what I was doing when I started this blog (except that I was a bored tour guide procrastinating while studying for her finals), but I can certainly say that I have learned more about this university than I ever would have imagined and I hope you have, too.
I’m also celebrating another milestone in my life this weekend…
Don’t worry, though - I have no plans to stop blogging. As John Hannah once said, “Once you accept your diplomas … your status changes and you become a part of Michigan State College forever. You cannot disown the College, and the College cannot disown you.”
Once again, I would like to thank you, the readers. You are what have kept me going all year. Thanks for sticking with me.
In the photo you recently posted, "Finals Week Day Four: Studying in a West Circle dorm room, 1950," is there any reason the girls would have had that Yale pennant in their room? Maybe that is a common thing I'm not familiar with, but my roommates and I personally only have MSU stuff in our dorm.
I wondered that myself! I don’t have any real answer, unfortunately, but there does seem to be a “Michigan State College” poster on the right hand side window as well! Maybe one of the girls had family ties to Yale? No idea.