On 24 August the college opened with a formal Convocation ceremony held on the lawn in front of Luce Hall. For this occasion those members of the faculty and staff who hold master's degrees or Ph.D. 's marched in their academic gowns and hoods. Those who were also military officers wore uniforms with the gowns. Thus, the Convocation was intended to signify the blending of military and academic endeavor and purpose in this War College.
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