Around the industry: 96-year-old makes history as University of Southern California's oldest graduate

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  • Alabama: Samford University has apologized for a T-shirt created by the Alpha Delta Pi sorority that featured a racist image. Samford told the sorority not to produce the T-shirt, but officials say the group ignored the directive (Inside Higher Ed, 5/16). 
  • California: Ninety-six-year-old Alfonso Gonzales received a bachelor of science degree in zoology from the University of Southern California on Friday, making him the school's oldest graduate ever. Gonzales, a World War II veteran, thought he had already graduated when he skipped commencement in 1953 because of work obligations, but it turns out he was a single credit short. Decades later, USC created an independent study course through the gerontology school to help Gonzales earn his degree (AP/ U.S. News & World Report, 5/13). 
  • Connecticut/Massachusetts: Andover Newton Theological School (ANTS) has announced that it will partner with the Yale University Divinity School beginning in the 2016-2017 academic year. Pilot programs and faculty will be introduced at Yale this fall, while classes will continue to be offered at ANTS' Newton campus and in Greater Boston. Ultimately, ANTS officials say the school may operate as a unit within Yale's Divinity School (Copenhaver, Andover Newton Theological School release, 5/2). 

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