1,568 Students of Hebrew University Get Degrees; Largest Group

In its largest commencement ceremony over, the Hebrew University today conferred 1,568 degrees to students completing both graduate undergraduate courses of study.

Among those graduating 549 received Masters and Doctorate degrees including 76 Doctor of Medicine degrees, 70 Ph. D’s, 87 Master of Science degrees and 85 Master of Juris prudence degrees. The remaining 318 graduate degrees were granted in the humanities. The total number of degrees granted this year was 21 percent over 1964. The graduating class included five Arats and students from Burma, India, Ethiopia as well as several other countries.

In his address, Hebrew University president Eliahu Elath warned that unless there was a “radical” change in the government’s attitude towards the needs of Israel’s institutions of higher learning they will be unable to fulfill their tasks. While voicing appreciation for the government’s financial aid, Mr. Elath stressed the university’s growing needs which he said, must be met particularly in the field of science.

The outgoing University Rector Dr. Yoel Racha reported that in past years the university has been forced to turn away applicants to its science facilities and may soon have to restrict enrollment in its humanities faculties because of lack of funds.

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