NEW YORK (Jun. 18)
One hundred and nineteen academic degrees and diplomas were presented to graduates yesterday by the Yeshiva University at its 21st anual commencement exercises. Three honorary degrees were awarded to Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dr. Marcus Kogel, Commissioner of Hospitals, and Dr. Harry J. Carman, Dean Emeritus of Columbia College.
The exercises witnessed the conferring of the first academic degree presented to a woman in the University’s 55 year history. The recipient was Mrs. Esther Weiner, of New York City, who received a Master of Science degree in social group work through the School of Education and Community Administration. The 119 graduates come from 10 states, as well as Canada, South America and Israel.
Mrs. Roosevelt, delivering the commencement address on “Education for World Race,” stressed the importance of growing in understanding of other people’s problems. Reminding her audience that she had recently returned from a visit to the Near East and Asia, Mrs. Roosevelt said the bitterness between Israel and the Arab states was “terrible.” Yet the logic of the situation, she said, required that the two peoples learn to talk together. Israel, she added, had the managerial skills, while the Arabs had resources that, if developed, could solve Israel’s food problem. Dr. Samuel Belkin, president of Yeshiva University, presided at the exercises.