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As the original space for the College, the Quad remains its primary visual symbol. During a typical day students and faculty will cross and re-cross the Quad many times, even though the campus now includes half a dozen other main circulation areas.
Weather permitting, the school year starts with convocation and ends with commencement on the Quad, with those attending seated on the Quad facing the columned facade of Coram Library.
Originally planed with a grid of Dutch elms, the Quad today contains many of those original trees (which have survived through constant care) as well as newer trees of many species. A network of paths crosses the Quad in all directions, and park benches are located throughout for an occasional stroller to take a rest and for students who would prefer to study or perhaps write a paper under the shade of the Dutch elms and maples. The grassy area throughout the Quad is often used for picnics and social gatherings or for solitary reading or group classes outdoors. In the autumn the trees of the Quad offer a rich display of reds, oranges, yellows, and greens. During the winter months one can sometimes find artistic snow sculptures.
Significant historical buildings surround the Quad, including the Chapel, Coram Library, Parker Hall, Hedge Hall, Carnegie Science Hall, and Hathorn Hall.
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