May 25, 1942: Boston University graduated 1,452 young men and women, many of whom immediately entered war work or the armed forces after the 69th annual Commencement exercises at the Boston Arena. Due to the war, BU's graduation was several weeks earlier than usual, the only previous Commencement held in May was in the war year of 1917. Paul V. McNutt, chairman of the War Manpower Commission and the Administrator of the Federal Security Agency, gave the Commencement address.