Last Look

Put that in your pipe and smoke it

Looking back at a Class Day tradition.

As Seniors all we take our ease
We smoke our pipes and sing our glees,
The saddest tale we have to tell,
Is when we bid our friends farewell!
    —From “Litoria,” Songs of Yale, 1860

Pictured here is Branford’s main courtyard on Class Day 1935. The Class Day
traditions have evolved since then, but clay pipes still make the cut: members of the Yale College Class of 2023 received their pipes on May 21. These days, they blow soap bubbles instead of tobacco smoke. 

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