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/ / / -NEW COLLEGE Local p'pers only NEWS RELEASE NEW COLLEGE, SARASOTA, FLORIDA FURMAN C ARTHUR INFORMATION FOR RELEASEs SUNDAY, FEBRUARY I, 1967 Logistical details of the February 22 tnauguration of New College President John Elmendorf point out Why uch ceremonials are jor occasions on campus. Theae numbers, tr nslated into man-hours of work, lso show why the college has waited until ita academic program is in full operation be-fore attempting such a major ceremony. Complex details of the inauguration include such items aat Finding a space suitable to hold up to five or six thousand guests and lao roo for an academic procession. If good weather prevails, the sit will be the courtyard of the John & Mabl Ringling Museum of Art. In caae of bad weather, the First Methodist Church in Sarasota will be used. The church capacity, though, is 1,500. S leeting and inviting thousands of guests. This involved ecanning many list of colleges and univ rsitiea, learned societies, gove eut officials, and the many friends of the coll ge, and checking for correct addresses. Ord ring ac de c robes for delegates. Moat of the re than 175 official deleg t rent the ac demic robes they will wear Orders involve not only eize of robe and cap, but also colora of hoods denoting univ reity and degree.
NEW COLLEGE INAUGURATION Pate 2 Planning the ceremonial program. Aeademic cer menials are ordinarily precise affairs, and especially where they involve the the traditions of an institution and of education itself. There are many formalities to be observed, and each must be carefully fitted into the program. Other details such as a luncheon for 500 persons, a special recep tion and many dinner parties for guests, a complex traffic andp,atking problem, an all-campus open bouse after the ceremony, and the specter of rain or severe cold, all add to the of the inauguration plann rs. Yet th college must plan and carry off the ceremony without a issed step in ita normal operation of classes and teaching. Trustees, faculty, staff and students all have given extra time fro their jobs to make the inauguration a tradition-setting and memorable affair for a new college. Many institutions have special executives and staffs to handle such ceremonials; their planning is often more than a year in advance, and many have elaborate manuals which trace out each step of the ceremonial and the traditions that must be observed. Yale Brown, BowlinR Green, Florida Presbyterian, Columbia, Florida Atlantic and other colleges and univarsitiea have generously assisted New College by furnishing descriptions of their inaugurations, copies of printed pieces, and often long letters of advic which have been valuable. None has yet able to recommend any way to eli inate the critical to detail, the keynote ot success which New College officials hope will sta,p their first major ceremonial. -lo-