From the Archives with Byron Hanson: May/June 2016

JUNE 6-7, 1963: Our first Interlochen Arts Academy commencement exercises filled two days with intense activity. The address “Interlochen—Yesterday” at Thursday evening’s baccalaureate was given by University of Michigan’s director of admissions and Interlochen trustee Clyde Vroman. Friday morning’s honors convocation included the salutatory and valedictory addresses and “Interlochen—Today” by the headmaster. An afternoon program served to dedicate four new buildings: JVS, Dow Science, WIAA Radio and the Giddings Concourse. Board Chairman Bonisteel, philanthropist W. Clement Stone, Herbert Dow, and Alden Dow were among the dignitaries present. The Friday evening graduation itself was a relatively simple affair featuring little more than Dr. Maddy’s address, “Interlochen—Tomorrow” (did you guess that?), and the awarding of diplomas to the first 24 seniors.