It was pouring rain during Joe Chlapaty’s graduation ceremony at the University of Dubuque in 1968.
Though he doesn’t remember who was the featured speaker or the message that was delivered, the memory that dominates his thoughts of that day was something that arrived in the mail the day before. Like many young men in that era, Chlapaty was served his draft notice.
With its rich history reaching back 175 years, Marietta College holds a special place in the hearts of many students, alumni, and employees—past and present. With that endearment comes a very specific desire to protect and prolong the prestige so countless generations to come perpetuate that devoted spirit.