Pre-Graduation Photos

11 May 2015 /

The Graduate


3 Comments on Pre-Graduation Photos »

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    12 May 2015 @ 3:29 am

    The “Dirty Dozen”?

    It is interesting to note that, even in the early 21st century, less than 17 percent of the graduates are female.

  2. 12 May 2015 @ 12:21 pm

    Hi —–,

    That may be a joke that went over my head … but the male-female ratio in the photo means that of the young men (who are all fraternity brothers), 20 percent of them have girlfriends who are also graduating from Cal.

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    12 May 2015 @ 1:21 pm

    Nothing was intended to go over your head.

    Since you write primarily about difficulties of teaching computer science, it seemed reasonable that the 12 students in the group photo were graduates of some elite, perhaps even doctoral, program in computer science. Of course, of those 12 in the photograph, two were female. Hence, the 17 percent comment.

    The “Dirty Dozen” reference harkens back to now almost half century old movie about World War II. The label has subsequently been applied to all sorts of 12-member groups since then.

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