On Oct. 1, 1962, Homer D. Babbidge was to take over as University of Connecticut president after 27 years of leadership from Albert N. Jorgensen.
All classes scheduled at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday of that week were cancelled to allow students to attend a convocation, as well as to honor Babbidge.
Babbidge said he hoped to meet members of the student body as soon as possible.
After Jorgensen announced his retirement in Oct. 1961, the University Board of Trustees appointed Babbidge in the spring of 1962.
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