th, grab a towel and pay tribute to the memory of Douglas Adams (1952 - 2001.) Why a towel? Well, as Adams explains in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, a towel has practical and psychological value. Of course here at the academy, Towel Day is also Commencement. Caps and gowns don't necessarily accessorize well so choose your towel carefully. Be grateful for the opportunity to celebrate the literary world created by Adams.