Then & Now

Class Plaque Dedication Ceremony

Stanford University Archives
Linda A. Cicero

In 1896, Jane Stanford gave permission for the Pioneer Class to install a bronze plate featuring their class year numerals under the Main Quad arcade, and the tradition of the Class Plaque Dedication ceremony was born. Each year in the spring quarter, seniors can put an item in the time capsule that will be placed underneath their class plaque when it is laid in the arcade walk of the Quad. Left: Prof. Edgar Robinson speaks during the Class Plaque Dedication ceremony in 1936. Right: Graduating senior Dmitriy Brezhnev, Class of ’13, tosses items in a time capsule: a card and a cup from Slavianskii Dom, the theme house where he lived while at Stanford.