From the NY Times:
The nine college classmates adjusted their gowns and mortarboards and marched proudly out to the commencement ceremony on the quad of Queens College campus on Thursday morning.
“It’s like walking on the moon,” said Haskel Case, one of the classmates. “So much has changed.”
Mr. Case, 90, and the other eight classmates, were not graduating this day. They already did so, 70 years ago on this same spot as members of the the first graduating class from Queens College: the Class of ’41.
And now, none younger than 90, they were invited back to be honored during the college’s commencement.
They were among the college’s first 400 students when it opened in 1937. Of the handful still alive, nine showed up on Thursday. Most drove from nearby suburbs or flew in from other parts of the country.
One could understand Mr. Case’s disorientation. The campus he knew consisted of a modest horseshoe of six Spanish-style buildings surrounded by a sprawl of fields. Now there are more 40 buildings on campus, many of them modern constructions with so-called smart capabilities and wireless technology.
There were 197 students graduating Queens College in 1941, compared with the roughly 5,000 that earned degrees this year, of about 19,000 students currently enrolled in the college.