by KEITH MUTH
r he 108th annual commencement was held on May 10 in Memorial Coliseum. Only several hundred graduates out ot 4,700 actually took part in the ceremonies.
After the procession of individual colleges, and the faculty filled the Coliseum floor, principal speaker and retiring UK history professor Dr. Holman Hamilton told several thousand well-wishers and student's relatives that the 1975 graduates won't be allowed the luxury of hindsight.
"It is essential in a commencement talk this year not to ignore . , those international, national and other problems which cause distressing uneasiness in our minds and hearts," he said.
"What I would urge ... is that you and I not succumb to simplistic views. Don't be taken in by purveyors of hypocricy, who profess great concern for man in the mass but fail to benefit individual men and women day in and day out."
"Don't be gulled into wishful thinking or into assuming that sentimental approaches are as helpful as cerebral ones."
Despite the emphasis commencement exercises usually place on idealism, more than a few students had their thoughts on a more pragmatic plane. That of the job market. Most graduates had the task of looking for a job - a few lucky ones already have them lined up.
There were a few bright spots during the ceremonies for several outstanding students and individuals. Ms. Genevieve Allen Murray of Lexington, graduating senior Bette Jane Dollase of Frankfort and Joseph H. Kinnarney of Hopkinton, Mass., were awarded the prestigious Sullivan Medallions for their humanitarian and civic endeavors.
Dr. James Wells, UK math professor received the William B. Sturgill award for outstanding contribution to graduate education.
Honorary Doctor of Law degrees were conferred upon Louisville educator and civil rights leader Whitney Young, Sr., Louisville Gas
and Electric Co. President Benjamin Hudson Milner, Smith Dudley Broadbent, Jr., Cadiz farm operator and award winning seed corn producer, and Dr. Juanito Kheps, a Harlan county native, now an Economics professor at Duke University.
As the ceremonies were coming to a close and the graduates sang the alma mater, many memories of their college careers passed through their heads . . .
Hail Kentucky, Alma Mater! Loyal sons and daughters sing; Sound her praise with voice united; To the breeze her colors fling.