Sometime around 1885, the NYU tradition of Class Day began. This was an occasion for the senior class to celebrate its existence in the presence of students from other classes. At these jovial events, students read their class history, the Glee Club sang, and the soon-to-be graduates presented awards to the most spirited lower-classmen. During the 1887 Class Day, freshmen blew tin horns while the class history was being read, and someone threw a cabbage at the orator! Class Day continued at University Heights until the campus was sold in 1973. In later years, Class Day became a more subdued evening convocation for graduating students at the University Heights campus and later at Washington Square.
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