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Resisting vocational 'tide': Armed with the literacy canon, St. John's graduates face world

Resisting vocational 'tide': Armed with the literacy canon, St. John's graduates face world

The commencement ceremony yesterday at St. John's College in Annapolis was an apt display of a school that prides itself on individuality and freedom through learning. St. John's is known for its "great books" curriculum and for its old-fashioned approach to schooling.

The Baltimore Sun

May 12, 2008

 

The commencement ceremony yesterday at St. John's College in Annapolis was an apt display of a school that prides itself on individuality and freedom through learning.

 

United by their years at a liberal arts school focused on a literary canon, the 128 graduates wore the traditional black gowns and awkward mortarboards. But their very different backgrounds and future paths were evident.

 

Baltimorean Caroline Barry's purple-stockinged legs poked out from under her gown as she walked in the procession across the school's front lawn. Native Hawaiian Justin Lee's family bedecked graduates with lush orchid leis as they burst out of McDowell Hall after the ceremony.

 

Such quirkiness was reflected in the senior gift: a $5,700 DVD collection to include titles such as The Princess Bride, Legally Blonde, Tokyo Story and Les Enfants du Paradis.

 

The discs will be housed in the alumni office, said Gina Lee, the assistant director of annual giving, who helped the seniors. "It'll be a lending library - an honor system, of course."

 

St. John's is known for its "great books" curriculum and for its old-fashioned approach to schooling.

 

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