Cartoons: Graduation Giggles

It’s time for mirth under the mortarboard!

Mother bragging about her college grad son

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College grad offers to teach his parents a thing or two after the ceremony
“Well…what would you like to know?”
Harry Mace
June 12, 1954

 

Mother bragging about her college grad son
“And he knows all the words of ‘The Whiffenpoof Song.’”
Dan McCormick
June 9, 1956

 

Recent college grads are drafted to the military. They don't impress the drill sergeant
“Draft board didn’t waste much time, did they?”
Bill Yates
June 8, 1957

 

College grads bemoan their adult freedom.
“It’s tough to say good-by to all this…the campus…these halls of ivy…friends…my allowance….”
Dave Hirsch
May 25, 1957

 

Parents - who grew up poor - congratulate their college grad son
“You’ll never know how happy this day has made us, son!”
Al Kaufman
May 12, 1956

 

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Comments

  1. I have set up college accounts for all my grandchildren and now one of them has two children of their Own and wants five more. Where’s that poor house when you need it? It use to be just over the hill but it’s getting closer all the time.

  2. I notice that every grad in these cartoons is a male. That tells us a lot about society during this period.

  3. Number 5 is my favorite here. Mom & Dad have obviously been driven into the poor house, even in 1956. Hopefully it was worthwhile back then. We know (overall) today it is not, and hasn’t for a long time now.

    What’s a parent to do? Well, you might encourage that son or daughter to get some hands-on training in a skill or trade with a real return on investment. If they insist on college, then they need to get a full scholarship, so you’re not on a nightmare hook of a train, speeding you into the poor house either.

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