Paulson '68 to lead Treasury, what's the ('68) part mean?

Read this link and tell me why they’ve used '68 in the title and article.

If it’s his age, then why the apostrophe?
I’ve never seen a persons name followed by a (’) then a number, what’s the deal?

It’s the Dartmouth school paper so it means he graduated from Dartmouth in 1968.

Seeing as the source is the college newspaper of Dartmouth College, I’d say the Treasury Secretary-designate is a 1968 graduate of Dartmouth. Yep, here’s something that mentions it. It’s a common enough usage in internal media at colleges and universities here in the US.

Outstanding, thanks!

Others used in the Princeton publiscations:

S’68 spouse of a 1968 undergraduate (used to be W’68 for wife of a 1968 undergraduate)
*68 earned graduate degree in 1968
P’98 parent of a 1998 undergraduate

That’s interesting. Another use of the letter W that I’ve seen in old sources is to denote Winter, in schools that have two graduating classes a year–winter and summer. I think this used to be more of a public school custom than a college one; when I started school in 1964 there was an “A” and “B” level for each year; you weren’t just in first grade, you were either an A1 or a B1 depending on which half-year you were in. I’m not sure when that changed, but by the time I graduated from high school 11 years later, everybody graduated in June.

Pat Paulson ran for President in 1968.

Pat Paulson for President.

That’s what it’s all about.

Damn you Spartydog! That is what I came here to post.

Yea, and just to rub it in, take this:

My mom graduated from Brown after a winter semester and is class of '87-1/2. (I think she walked in the '88 graduation ceremony.)

I went to Rutgers and our publications also stick your college on the front whenever they mention graduates. So it will say something like Smack Fu Eng’98 (for Engineering).