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VOLUME 13, NO. 1     DEC 1999

Seasons of a University

"Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood and so it is in everything where power moves."
--Black Elk Speaks

Life at WPI plays out to the beat of a clock that was set ticking more than a century and a third ago. The arrival of students in the fall, the starting and stopping of each term, the beginning of the long summer break--these are milestones as dependable and ageless as the changing of the seasons.

Three annual events loom especially large, for they are also important transitions.

For students, Commencement, the grand pageant that brings down the curtain on each academic year, can be the most momentous demarcation line in their young lives.

For anniversary classes, Reunion is a time for reflecting on personal milestones--weddings, births, promotions, relocations, deaths--that have shaped their lives since last they came together.

And for all graduates, Homecoming, which ushers in the start of yet another yearly cycle, is an opportunity to return to one's roots to see that, amid all the revolutions and evolution that life brings, some things never change.

In this special four-page insert, we bring you a look back at one journey through the seasons of WPI.

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