Today's Archival Film Festival selections give us a look into a couple of Wagner College traditions have been around for a long, long time: Homecoming and Commencement. We have recently digitized two silent home movies from years gone by: “Homecoming 1957” and “Commencement 1965.”
Note: We had originally assumed that the Homecoming footage came from the Fall 1958 parade, since several floats prominently featured "1958" as part of their design. When alumnus David Martin '60 directed our attention to Kallista 1958, pages 30 and 31, however, we saw photos of several of the floats featured in this video. In order for those photos to have appeared in the 1958 issue of Kallista, they must have been taken at Homecoming 1957. It appears that we were celebrating the upcoming 75th anniversary of Wagner College -- 1958 -- at the beginning of the academic year in which the anniversary would fall, even though it was still only the fall of 1957.