H. D. Woods
Director of the School of Commerce
I am pleased to extend my congratulations to the Commerce Class of 1953. This is a good year to be graduating. Employment opportunities appear to be unusually favourable, and allowing for the normal incidents of personal misfortune, and barring general economic dislocation, your material future is reasonably secure.
When this has been said we may well ask questions about your achievement here. Your program has been designed to equip you with some of the more important tools of the business world, and perhaps more significantly, to give you understanding of the nature of the dynamic social process within which business operates. The limitations imposed by your meagre experience should mean that a fuller appreciation and understanding will come when the academic disciplines undertaken are supported and enriched by your participation in actual affairs.
Some of you have been good students and some good enough. Many will wonder about the curriculum contents and teaching methods in the school. I ask you to withhold your judgment for more mature consideration. I invite you to return in five years to give us the benefit of your thinking at that time.
The best wishes of the staff go with you.
H. D. Woods – Director
School of Commerce
commerce undergraduate society
Front — Peter Silverman, Bruce Logan, Pres.; Arnold Steinberg, Vice-Pres. Back — Lorne Cox, Treas., H. D. Woods, Hon. Pres.; Don Shapray, William Lawand.
The C. U. S. organizes the extracurricular activities of Commercemen, challenged by the Engineers to see who could donate the most blood on a percentage basis for the Red Cross Blood Clinic, subjected the Engineers to an ignominious defeat. Unfortunately for the Engineers the contest would have been much closer had not so many of them been rejected as anaemic. This year’s program was highlighted by the “Gen-Nite” and a series of Industrial Tours, the first of which was to the Montreal Stock Exchange. The “Gen-Nite” was a general information meeting at which representatives from various fields of industry and finance spoke to Commerce Students on the role of the Commerce Graduate in their organization and the future it may hold for them. Commerce was well represented in athletics, with intramural touch football, hockey and volleyball teams. A successful year was brought to a close by the holding of the annual Commerce Banquet.