Excerpts from an item at the Lansing State Journal:
Andrew Crocker wasn’t in East Lansing on Friday. He didn’t put on cap and gown along with Michigan State University’s 6,951 other graduates. He was in Dublin, Ohio, where family matters brought him some months ago.
His graduation merits notice because it marks an ending. Crocker was the last classical studies major at MSU.
“It’s sad to be the last person,” he said, earlier this week by phone, “especially because I loved it so much.”
Classics was one of a spate of programs placed on the chopping block in the fall of 2009. The university was both responding to declines in state support and taking the opportunity to reassess its priorities.
Classical studies has a different sort of historical resonance, of course. Prior to the Civil War, most American colleges required heavy doses of Latin and Greek, and even…
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