Movie star Glenn Close received a thunderous ovation when she was awarded an honorary degree last June from the College of William and Mary. Not surprisingly. She is a hero at her alma mater, where she earned a bachelor of arts degree and a Phi Beta Kappa key in 1974.
There was an equally stunning moment at those commencement exercises, but it hardly drew a ripple of notice. Anson Christian, president of the graduating class, passed the chain of office to Lisa Stewart, president of the new senior class. Both Anson and Lisa are black.