SMAD. An Organ of Student Opinion. 1936. Volume 7. Number 9.
The Capping Ceremony
The Capping Ceremony.
The graduands, graduates, College Council, Professorial Board, the Chancellor of the University, the Attorney-General, and the Chairman, entered the hall in traditional procession some half-half-hour late, and were welcomed with "Gaudeamus" sung half-heartedly by the Glee Club and students. At the last moment. Mr. P. Levi, Chairman of the College Council, was unable to preside and his place was taken by Mr. H. A. Parkinson. The address of the evening was delivered by the Hon. H. R. G. Mason, Attorney-General, and a graduate of the College; but we were not greatly impressed. However, the conventional advice was given to the graduands and the usual good wished expressed. After "Absent Friends" had been honoured in very apathetic fashion the Chancellor of the University, the Hon. J. Hanan, performed the actual capping ceremony by taping each graduand on the head with his mortar-board. This very simple ritual seems fraught with deep meaning-those 44 masters, 116 bachelors, and 14 holders of diplomas are pushed out into the world equipped for anything, was pointed out by the Chancellor in his brief address following the ceremony. With memories of last year's ceremony we found the Chancellor's remarks refreshingly brief.
The College song set to a new tune-but not yet the tune for which it was written-was rendered unenthusiastically.
And so, from the formality of the Town Hall to the Capping Ball.
Here, John Holderness, organiser par-excellence, had catered for the naive and the blase, the famous and the undistinguished, the capped and the still uncapped, old and young, profs and the sober, in a manner which invited gaiety and sweet abandon.
Myrmidons danced attendance; music and laughter, food and wine and good company released a flood of bonhomie that echoed as far as Marsen whence still more folks came, an eager and gate-crashing crowd.
We remember Professor Kirk, his heart warming to the cheery atmosphere, congratualating us on the students' behaviour at the ceremony.
We remember Professor Ran-kine-Brown telling us the same thing.