The Surreal End of an American College
Alia Wong, The Atlantic
Newbury College, a small, private liberal-arts school in Brookline, Massachusetts, held classes through the end of this past spring semester and then bid a final farewell to cap-and-gown-wearing seniors. Newbury officially ceased operations at the end of May.
In many ways, a college’s closure plays out like a business liquidation—the employees get their severance packages, the property goes on the market, the customers are told to move on. But for students and faculty at Newbury, the closure cuts much deeper.