Commencement, 1897-1906

Commencement program, 1901


1897

  • Date:  Wednesday, June 16, 1897
  • Site:  A large tent set up on campus
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  President Seerley (Baccalaureate Address), Hon. Henry Sabin, President Board of Directors (Commencement Address)
  • Events:
    • Baccalaureate address was delivered Sunday, June 13 at 4:00 PM.
    • Class Day Exercises began Monday, June 14 at 9:30 AM.
    • Exhibition drills (Cadets, Battalion, Infantry, Artillery) were held Monday, June 14 at 3:00 PM.
    • The anniversary of the Literary Societies was held on Tuesday, June 15 at 9:30 AM.
    • The Alumni Association anniversary was held on Tuesday, June 15 at 2:00 PM.
    • The Annual Alumni Business Meeting was held on Tuesday, June 15 at 4:00 PM.
    • The Alumni Banquet was held on Tuesday, June 15 at 8:00 PM.
    • Commencement was held on Wednesday, June 16 at 9:30 AM.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • The weather on Commencement Day was favorable.

1898

  • Date: Wednesday, June 15, 1898
  • Site: Unknown
  • Speaker and Speech Title: The address to the Class of 1898 was delivered by Hon. R. C. Barrett, President of the Board of Trustees, on Wednesday, June 15, at 9:30 AM.
  • Events:
    • Baccalaureate address was held on Sunday, June 12, at 4:00 PM.
    • Band concert was held on Monday, June 13, at 9:00 AM.
    • Class Day exercises began on Monday, June 13, at 9:30 AM.
    • Cadet Battalion Drill was held on Monday, June 13, at 2:30 AM.
    • Physical culture exercises began on Monday, June 13, at 6:30 PM.
    • Anniversaries of the Literary Societies were held on Tuesday, June 14, at 9:30 AM.
    • The Alumni Program was held on Tuesday, June 14, at 2:00 PM.
    • The Alumni Business Meeting was held on Tuesday, June 14, at 4:00 PM.
    • The Alumni Banquet was held on Tuesday, June 14 at 6:00 PM.
    • Commencement exercises began on Wednesday, June 15, at 9:30 AM.
      • Safeguard for Democracy, by Brayton Sweet, Webster
      • Gethsemane, by Jeannette Sloss, Reinbeck
      • Sunrise or Sunset, by Wesley Wiler, Cedar Falls
      • The Line of Least Resistance, by Alda Potter, Bellevue
      • Ethics of Personal Liberty, by Charles Kamphoefner, Burlington
      • The Uncrowned King, by Edna Poor, Independence
      • Charles Spurgeon, by Dora Larson, Audubon
      • Policy of Richelieu, by Guy E. Green, Coggon
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • Rifle exercises were incorporated into the battalion drill for the first time at I. S. N. S.

1899

  • Date:  Wednesday, June 14, 1899
  • Site: 
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  Hon. R. C. Barrett, President Board of Trustees (Commencement Address)
  • Events:
    • Baccalaureate services were held Sunday, June 11 at 4:00 PM.
    • The Final Y.W. and Y.M.C.A. service was held on Sunday, June 11 at 6:00 PM.
    • The Band Concert was held on Monday, June 12 at 9:00 AM.
    • The Class Day exercises began on Monday, June 12 at 9:30 AM.
    • The Cadet Battilion Drill was held on Monday, June 12 at 2:30 PM.
    • A basketball game took place on Monday, June 12 at 6:30 PM.
    • The Orchestral Concert was performed on Tuesday, June 13 at 9:00 AM.
    • The Literary Societies anniversary was celebrated on Tuesday, June 13 at 9:30 AM.
    • The Alumni Program was held on Tuesday, June 13 at 2:00 PM.
    • The Alumni Business Meeting followed the Alumni Program on Tuesday at 4:00 PM.
    • The Annual Alumni Banquet was held on Tuesday, June 13 at 6:00 PM.
    • Commencement was held on Wednesday, June 14 at 9:30 AM.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • "The Merchant of Venice" was chosen as the commencement play.
    • There was a heavy rainstorm on the night of Tuesday, June 13.

1900

  • Date:  Wednesday, June 13, 1900
  • Site: 
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  Hon. R. C. Barrett, President of the Board of Trustees (Commencement Address)
  • Events:
    • The anniversaries of the Women's Literary Societies were celebrated on Friday, June 8 at 2:30 PM.
    • The anniversaries of the Men's Literary Societies were celebrated Saturday, June 9 at 7:30 PM.
    • Baccalaureate services were held Sunday, June 10 at 4:00 PM.
    • Class Day exercises began on Monday, June 11 at 9:30 AM.
    • The Battalion Drill was held on Monday, June 11 at 2:30 PM.
    • An event on physical culture was scheduled for Monday, June 11 at 6:30 PM.
    • The Grand Concert of the Combined Musical Societies was performed on Tuesday, June 12 at 9:30 AM.
    • The Alumni Program was held on Tuesday, June 12 at 2:00 PM.
    • The Alumni Business Meeting was held on Tuesday, June 12 at 4:00 PM.
    • The Alumni Banquet was held on Tuesday, June 12 at 6:00 PM.
    • Commencement exercises were held on Wednesday, June 13 at 9:30 PM.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • About 151 students from the senior class graduated.
    • "Twelfth Night" was chosen as the commencement play.

1901

  • Date: Wednesday, June 12, 1901
  • Site: Unknown
  • Speaker and Speech Title: The address to the Class of 1901 was delivered by Hon. R. C. Barrett, President of the Board of Trustees, on Wednesday, June 12, 9:30 AM.
  • Events:
    • The anniversaries of the Ladies' Literary Societies were held on Friday, June 7, at 2:30 PM.
    • The Commencement Recital was performed by the Piano and Voice Department on Friday, June 7, at 8:00 PM.
    • Anniversaries of the Men's Literary Societies were held on Saturday, June 8, at 8:00 PM.
    • The Baccalaureate Address was delivered by President H. H. Seerley on Sunday, June 9, at 4:00 PM.
    • The Annual Alumni and Senior Class Prayer Service was held on Sunday, June 9, at 7:00 PM.
    • The Band Concert was held on Monday, June 10, at 9:00 AM.
    • Class Day exercises began on Monday, June 10, at 9:30 AM.
    • The presentation of the Old Spanish Cannon by James Brownell was given on Monday, June 10, at 2:00 PM.
    • The Cadet Battalion Drill was held on Monday, June 10, at 3:00 PM.
    • Physical Culture Exercises began on Monday, June 10, at 6:30 PM.
    • The reception to the alumni was held on Monday, June 10, at 8:00 PM.
    • The Orchestral Concert was held on Tuesday, June 11, at 9:00 AM.
    • Alumni Literary Entertainment began on Tuesday, June 11, at 9:30 AM.
    • The Alumni Luncheon was held on Tuesday, June 11, at 12:30 PM.
    • The Alumni Reminiscence Program was held on Tuesday, June 11, at 2:30 PM.
    • The Grand Concert by the Musical Societies was held on Tuesday, June 11, at 8:00 PM.
    • The Mandolin and Guitar Concert was performed on Wednesday, June 12, at 9:00 AM.
    • Commencement exercises began on Wednesday, June 12, at 9:30 AM.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • This commencement marked the Quarter Centennial Anniversary of the Iowa State Normal School.

1902

  • Date: Wednesday, June 11, 1902
  • Site: Unknown
  • Speaker and Speech Title: The address to the Class of 1902 was delivered by Hon. R. C. Barrett, of the Board of Trustees, on Wednesday, June 11, at 9:30 AM.
  • Events:
    • The Ladies' Literary Societies celebrated their anniversaries on Friday, June 6.
    • Class Day activities began on Monday, June 9, at 9: 30 AM.
    • Commencement activities began on Wednesday, June 11, at 9:30 AM.
      • "Slumber Song", by the Mandolin Club
      • "As the Twig is Bent", by Ida May Fell, Clarence
      • Decisive Battles, by J. Foy Cross, Shellsburg
      • "Queen of the Night", by the Cecilian Glee Club
      • Hero Worship in Modern Times, by Lucretia Eighmey, Cedar Falls
      • Heirs of All the Ages, by Orrell Larrison, Dexter
      • Samuel Adams, by Arthur Vincent, Murray
      • Characteristics of America, by Sedona L. Fesenbeck, Danbury
      • The Spirit of the Nineteenth Century, by John O. Kirkpatrick, Brighton
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • This marked the first year in which the Women's Literary Societies celebrated their anniversaries simultaneously.

1903

  • Date: Wednesday, June 10, 1903
  • Site: Unknown
  • Speaker and Speech Title: Various
  • Events:
    • The anniversaries of the Ladies' Literary Societies were celebrated on Friday, June 5, at 2:00 PM.
    • The Commencement Recital by the Piano, Voice, and Elocution Department was held on Friday, June 5, at 8:00 PM.
    • The Coe College-State Normal baseball game was played on Saturday, June 6, at 3:00 PM.
    • The Anniversaries of the Men's Literary Societies were celebrated on Saturday, June 6, at 8:00 PM.
    • The Baccalaureate Address was delivered by President H. H. Seerley on Sunday, June 7, at 4:00 PM.
    • The Alumni and Senior Prayer Service was held on Sunday, June 7, at 7:00 PM.
    • Class Day activities began on Monday, June 8, at 9:00 AM.
      • The Band Concert took place at 9:00 AM.
      • The play The Taming of the Shrew, was performed at 9:30 AM.
    • The Reunions of the Bands took place on Monday, June 8, at 2:00 PM.
    • The Reception to the Alumni was held on Monday, June 8, at 6:00 PM.
    • The Women's Basketball Game was held on Monday, June 8, at 6:30 PM.
    • The opera Robin Hood was performed on Monday, June 8, at 7:15 PM.
    • Alumni Literary Entertainment began on Tuesday, June 9.
      • The Orchestral Concert was performed at 9:00 AM.
      • The Literary Concert was held at 9:30 AM.
    • The Alumni Business Meeting was held on Tuesday, June 9, at 11:00 AM.
    • The Alumni Luncheon began on Tuesday, June 9, at 12:30 PM.
    • The Grand Concert was held on Tuesday, June 9, at 8:00 PM.
    • The Mandolin and Guitar Club Concert began on Wednesday, June 10, at 9:00 AM.
    • Commencement exercises began on Wednesday, June 10, at 9:30 AM.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:

1904

  • Date:  Monday, June 6, 1904
  • Site:  Normal Auditorium
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  Various
  • Events:
    • The Coe-Normal Baseball Game was held on Saturday, June 4.
    • The Baccalaureate Address was delivered by President H. H. Seerley on Sunday, June 5 at 4:00 PM.
    • Class Day exercises began on Monday, June 6
      • The band concert was performed at 9:00 AM.
      • Shakespeare's "As You Like It" was chosen as the commencement play.
    • The Grand Concert by the Musical Societies began Tuesday, June 7 in the evening.
    • Commencement exercises began on the morning of Wednesday, June 8.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • Reviews of this year's recital were positive.

1905

  • Date: Wednesday, June 7, 1905
  • Site: Unknown
  • Speaker and Speech Title: The address to the Class of 1905 was delivered by Hon. John F. Riggs, Superintendent of Public Instruction, June 7, at 9:30 PM.
  • Events:
    • The Band Concert was held on Friday, June 2, at 1:30 PM.
    • The Anniversaries of the Ladies' Literary Societies were celebrated on Friday, June 2, at 2:15 PM.
    • The Commencement Recital was performed by the Piano and Voice Departments on Friday, June 2, at 8:00 PM.
    • The Coe-Normal Baseball Game was held on Saturday, June 3, at 2:00 PM.
    • The Anniversaries of the Men's Literary Societies were celebrated on Saturday, June 3, at 8:00 PM.
    • The Baccalaureate Address was delivered by President H. H. Seerley on Sunday, June 4, at 4:00 PM.
    • The Alumni and Senior Prayer Service was held on Sunday, June 4, at 6:30 PM.
    • Class Day exercises began on Monday, June 5.
      • The Band Concert was held at 9:00 AM.
      • Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" was performed at 9:30 AM.
    • The Dedicatory Exercises for the New Gymnasium began on Monday, June 5, at 2:00 PM.
    • The Reception to the alumni and guests of the Class of 1905 began in the Gymnasium at 8:00 PM.
    • Alumni Literary Entertainment began on Tuesday, June 6.
      • The Orchestral Concert was held at 9:00 AM.
      • The Literary Program was held at 9:30 AM.
    • The Alumni Business Meeting was held on Tuesday, June 6, at 11:00 AM.
    • The Alumni Luncheon began on Tuesday, June 6, at 12:30 PM.
    • The Grand Concert by the Musical Societies began on Tuesday, June 6, at 8:00 PM.
    • Commencement Exercises began on Wednesday, June 7 at 9:30 AM.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • An attempt at reuniting the Classes of 1892, 1893, and 1894 was made, with some success.

1906

  • Date:  Wednesday, June 18, 1906
  • Site:
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  President Seerley (Baccalaureate Address) Hon. John F. Riggs, Superintendent of Public Instruction (Commencement Address)
  • Events:
    • The Concert Band performed on Friday, June 8 at 1:30 PM.
    • The anniversary of the Ladies' Literary Societies, and annual parade on campus were held on Friday, June 8 at 2:15 PM.
    • The anniversary of the Men's Literary Societies was celebrated on Saturday, June 9th at 8:00 PM.
    • The baseball game took place on Saturday, June 9th at 2:30 PM.
    • Baccalaureate services were held on Sunday, June 10 at 4:00 PM.
    • The Annual Alumni Prayer Service was held on Sunday, June 10 at 6:30 PM.
    • The Orchestral and Band Concert was held on Monday, June 11 at 10:00 AM.
    • A demonstration of the work of the physical training department was given on Monday, June 11 at 2:00 PM.
    • Class Day exercises began on Monday, June 11 at 8:00 PM.
    • The Alumni Literary Program was held on Tuesday, June 12 at 9:30 AM.
    • The Alumni Business Meeting took place on Tuesday, June 12 at 11:00 AM.
    • Alumni Luncheon and social meeting held Tuesday, June 12 at 12:30 AM.
    • The Grand Concert by the musical societies in honor of alumni and guests was performed on Tuesday, June 12 at 8:00 PM.
    • Commencement exercises were held on Wednesday, June 13 at 9:30 AM.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • "Richelieu" was chosen as the commencement play.

 

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