Marjorie Bouvé presents scholarship at commencement ceremony, 1937.

Bouvé prized high achievement and ability in their students, which they recognized through a slate of annual ceremonies. Graduating seniors planted a class memento on Commencement Day, ensuring the next generation of students would remember their contributions. “Moving-up” day, filled with song and pieces of advice, marked juniors’ transition to leaders of the school. Once physical therapy became its own course of study, students developed their own traditions such as the pinning ceremony. Seniors presented juniors with lapel pins at these events, a sign that these students could now work as physical therapy aides. Each ritual cultivated the competitive environment that shaped Bouvé girls into highly qualified employees.

Bouvé-Boston School of Physical Education class officers plant lilac shrubs
Song for moving up day
Physical therapy pinning ceremony