The Old College Try (and Fail)

Orin Hargraves
The Faculty
Published in
8 min readMay 26, 2020

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Photo: Glenn Asakawa/University of Colorado. File photo from a 2018 commencement.

I met my students for the last time in person on Wednesday, March 18th. We were already nervous by then. Fresh rumors wafted through corridors and across campus walkways every day. The administration sent regular email blasts, each with new and graver information than the last. The day before this, the university had announced the cancellation of its spring commencement ceremony, an event that typically drew thousands to the campus. It…

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