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Graduate Institute 50 Years Anniversary

In the summer of 1967, on the three-year-old St. John’s Santa Fe campus, the Graduate Institute came to life as the Teachers Institute. The GI, as we know it during this 50th anniversary, offers a master of arts in liberal arts on both campuses year-round. In 1994, Santa Fe established a master of arts in Eastern classics. History

Graduate Institute 50th Events

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Graduate Institute (GI), events were held during the 2017 Homecoming festivities.


A reunion party for all GI alumni was held at the Barr-Buchanan Center. This event featured remarks about the first years of the GI from retired tutor Elliott Zuckerman, who was instrumental in its founding and took over the directorship in 1968.

  • Two GI alumni seminars took place during Homecoming weekend:
    • Seminar: “Grecian Urn” and “To Autumn,” by John Keats, led by David Townsend
    • Seminar: Abraham Lincoln’s “The Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions: Address before the Young Men’s Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois, January 27, 1838,” led by Eva Brann (H89)
  • There was also an all-college GI 50th Anniversary Celebration with opening remarks from Emily Langston, associate dean for graduate programs. The keynote address was given by retired tutor and honorary alumnus Geoff Comber, whose efforts in the late 1970s brought the GI to the Annapolis campus.
  • During the Alumni Association Awards Banquet, GI alum Ben Sasse (AGI98) was honored with the Award of Merit.

Santa Fe

  • Three GI alumni seminars took place during Homecoming weekend:
    • Seminar: “Burnt Norton,” first poem in The Four Quartets by T.S. Eliot, led by Philip LeCuyer
    • Seminar: the film “Cool Hand Luke” by Stuart Rosenberg, led by David Carl
    • Seminar GI Eastern Classics: Chuang Tzu: Basic Writings, Chapters 1-3, translated by Burton Watson, led by Michael Wolfe (SF94)
  • There was an All-College GI 50th Anniversary Celebration with a welcome from President Mark Roosevelt, opening remarks on the current state and future plan for the GI from Associate Dean David McDonald, and a keynote speech by tutor Cary Stickney. 
  • During the Alumni Association Awards Banquet, GI alum Jason Viseltear (SFGI96) was presented the Award of Merit.
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