Commencement, 1907-1916

Commencement issue of the student newspaper, The College Eye, June 12, 1913.


1907

  • Date: Wednesday, June 12, 1907
  • Site: Unknown
  • Speaker and Speech Title: President Seerley (Baccalaureate); Address to the Class of 1907 delivered by Hon. I. J. McDuffie of the Board of Trustees.
  • Events:
    • Anniversaries of the Ladies' Literary Societies were held on Friday, June 7, at 2:00 PM.
    • Recitals by the Piano, Voice, and Violin Departments were performed on Friday, June 7, at 8:00 PM.
    • The Alumni-Normal Baseball Game was carried out on Saturday, June 8, at 2:30 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 Prayer Service for Alumni, Seniors, and Students began on Sunday, June 9, at 6:30 PM.
    • The Orchestral Band Concert began on Monday, June 10, at 10:00 AM.
  • Commencement activities began on Wednesday, June 12
    • "Rondo Brilliant", by Miss Floy Graham, Cedar Falls
    • A Present Problem, by Della Patton, Washington
    • American Nationalization, by Julian H. Gist, Cedar Falls
    • Overture, "Calif of Baghdad", by the Orchestra
    • Our Obligation, by June Emry, Brighton
    • National Expansion, by Lloyd Loonan, Waterloo
    • "Summer", by Mrs. Katharine Gray
    • National Idealism, by Mabel Anderson, Cedar Falls
    • "Shoogy Shoo" and "Tripping Lightly", by the Cecilians
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • The commencement play, "Maid of Orleans", was performed on Monday, June 10 as a part of the Class Day exercises.

 


1908

  • Date: Wednesday, June 10, 1908
  • Site:  Auditorium
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  President Seerley (Baccalaureate Address)
  • Events:
    • The Women's Literary Societies' annual parade was held on Friday, June 5 at 2:00 PM.
    • The Men's Literary Societies' anniversary was celebrated on Saturday, June 6 at 8:00 PM.
    • The Alumni Normal Baseball Game was held Saturday, June 6 at 2:30 PM.
    • Baccalaureate services were held Sunday, June 7 at 4:00 PM.
    • The Annual Alumni Prayer Service was held on Sunday, June 7 at 6:30 PM.
    • The Orchestral and Band Concert was held Monday, June 8 at 10:00 AM.
    • Class Day Exercises were held on Monday, June 8.
    • The presentation of the commencement play, "If I Were King" took place on Monday, June 8 at 8:00 PM.
    • Alumni Literary Entertainment was held Tuesday, June 9 at 10:00 AM.
    • The Alumni Business Meeting was held Tuesday at 11:30 AM.
    • The Grand Concert by the Musical Societies in honor of alumni and guests was held on Tuesday, June 9 at 8:00 PM.
    • Commencement was held on Wednesday, June 10 at 10:30 AM.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    •  "If I Were King" was chosen as the commencement play.

 


1909

  • Date: Wednesday, June 9, 1909
  • Site: Unknown
  • Speaker and Speech Title: President H. H. Seerley (Baccalaureate)
  • Events:
    • The anniversaries of the Ladies' Literary Societies were held on Friday, June 4, at 2:00 PM.
    • Recitals by the Piano, Voice, and Violin Departments were performed on Friday, June 4, at 8:00 PM.
    • The Alumni-Normal Baseball Game was held on Saturday, June 5, at 2:30 PM.
    • Anniversaries of the Men's Literary Societies were held on Saturday, June 5, at 8:00 PM.
    • The Baccalaureate Address was delivered on Sunday, June 6, at 4:00 PM.
    • The Annual Prayer Service for Alumni, Seniors, and Students was held on Sunday, June 6, at 6:30 PM.
    • The Public Rehearsal of the Orchestra was performed on Monday, June 7, at 10:00 AM.
    • A demonstration by the Physical Training Department was carried out on Monday, June 7, at 1:30 AM.
    • Class Day Exercises began on Monday, June 7, at 8:00 PM.
    • Alumni Literary Entertainment began on Tuesday, June 8, at 10:00 AM.
    • The Alumni Business Meeting was held on Tuesday, June 8, at 11:30 AM.
    • The Alumni Luncheon and Social Meeting was held on Tuesday, June 8, at 12:30 PM.
    • The Grand Concert by the Musical Societies was performed on Tuesday, June 8, at 8:00 PM.
  • Commencement Exercises began on Wednesday, June 9th, at 10:30 AM.
    • Selected pieces for piano, by John Ross Frampton
    • The Musician's Message, by Helen Katz
    • King Robert of Sicily, by Lenore B. Shanewise
    • "Fantaisie Caprice", by Alma Cutler
    • The Mission of the Anglo-Saxon, by James P. Murphy
    • "Berceuse" and "Carmena Waltz", by the Cecilian Glee Club
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • Commencement addresses were cut to one address per graduating class by student vote.
    • This year marked the final meeting of the Board of Trustees before being reorganized the following year.
    • The commencement play, "Mary of Magdala" was performed on Monday, June 7, at 8:00 PM.

 


1910

  • Date:  Tuesday, June 7, 1910
  • Site:
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  President Seerley (Baccalaureate Address) "The Reality of Higher Life"  Professor D. S. Wright (Commencement Address)
  • Events:
    • The annual parade of the Women's Literary Societies was held on Friday, June 3 at 2:30 PM.
    • The anniversaries of the Men's Literary Societies were celebrated on Saturday, June 4 in the evening.
    • Baccalaureate services were held on Sunday, June 5 in the afternoon.
    • The Alumni and Student Prayer Service was held on Sunday, June 5 at 6:30 PM.
    • The Grand Concert of the musical organizations was held on Monday, June 6.
    • The commencement play, "Hamlet", was performed on Monday, June 6 at 8:00 PM.
    • Commencement was held on Tuesday, June 7 at 8:00 AM.
    • The Alumni Business Meeting was held on Tuesday, June 7 at 11:00 AM.
    • The Alumni Luncheon followed the business meeting.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • "Hamlet" was chosen as the commencement play.

 


1911

  • Date: Tuesday, June 6, 1911
  • Site: Auditorium
  • Speaker and Speech Title: President H. H. Seerley (Baccalaureate); Reverend J. Percival Huget (Commencement Address).
  • Events:
    • The Alumni reception and banquet was held on Thursday, June 1, at 6:30 PM in the Gymnasium.
    • The anniversaries of the Women's Literary Societies were held on Friday, June 2, at 2:00 PM.
    • The faculty reception for the Class of 1911 was held on Friday, June 2, at 8:00 PM in the Gymnasium.
    • The anniversaries of the Men's Literary Societies were held on Saturday, June 3, at 8:00 PM.
    • The baccalaureate services were held on Sunday, June 4, at 4:00 PM.
    • The Alumni and Student Prayer Service was held on Sunday, June 4, at 7:00 PM.
    • The recital of the piano, voice, and violin departments was held on Monday, June 4 at 9:00 AM.
    • The alumni reception on campus was held on Monday, June 5, at 2:00 PM.
    • The commencement play, "The School for Scandal" was performed on Monday, June 5, at 8:00 PM.
    • Commencement exercises began on Tuesday, June 6, at 9:00 AM.
    • The Alumni Business Meeting was held on Tuesday, June 6, at 11:00 AM in the Auditorium.
    • The Alumni Luncheon was held on Tuesday, June 6, at 12:30 PM.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • Student orations were cut in favor of an appearance by guest speaker Reverend J. Percival Huget of Detroit, Michigan.

 


1912

  • Date: Tuesday, June 11, 1912
  • Site: Unknown
  • Speaker and Speech Title: President H. H. Seerley (Baccalaureate), "The New Man", by Dr. W. R. Patterson (Commencement Address).
  • Events:
  • Commencement Week Exercises (College Eye, Series 2, Vol. 1, Number 30, Wednesday, May 22, 1912) 
    • The anniversaries of the Women's Literary Societies were held on Friday, June 7 at 2:00 PM.
    • The Commencement Reception was held on Friday, June 7 at 8:00 PM.
    • The anniversaries of the Men's Literary Societies were held on Saturday, June 8 at 8: 00 PM.
    • The baccalaureate address was given by President H. H. Seerley on Sunday, June 9, at 4:00 PM.
    • The Annual Prayer Service was held on Sunday, June 9 at 7:00 PM.
    • The Music Recital was held on Monday, June 10, at 9:00 AM.
    • Pageant and Campus Entertainment were held on Monday, June 10, at 2:00 PM.
    • The commencement play was performed on Monday, June 10, at 8:00 PM.
    • Commencement Day exercises began on Tuesday, June 11, at 9:00 AM.
    • The Alumni Business Meeting was held on Tuesday, June 11, at 11:00 AM.
    • The Alumni Luncheon was held on Tuesday, June 11, at 12:30 PM.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • The commencement address was delivered by Dr. W. R. Patterson of New York, NY.

 


1913

  • Date: Sunday, June 8, 1913 (Baccalaureate)
  • Site:  College Auditorium
  • Speaker and Speech Title: President Seerley (Baccalaureate)"The Great Commandment", presented by the Honorable Claude R. Porter of Centerville, Iowa.
  • Events:
  • Baccalaureate Service (taken from The College Eye, Series 2, Volume 8, Thursday, June 12, 1913).
    • Program.
    • The Long Meter Doxology.
    • Invocation, by Reverend D. W. Fahs.
    • "The Cross", by Harriet Ware and Mr. L. E. M. Welles
    • Scripture reading, Psalms 91, by Reverend E. B. Jones
    • Prayer, by Reverend O. H. Holmes.
    • Maunder's "Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem", performed by the College Choir
    • Baccalaureate address -- "Conditions and Prospects, Isaiah 35: 8-9, by President H. H. Seerley
    • Prayer, by Reverend J. M. Morris.
    • Chadwick's "Hark, Hark My Soul", performed by Mrs. Anna Gertrude Childs.
    • Benedictions", by Reverend J. E. Snowden.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • President Seerley's address during the baccalaureate service was published in pamphlet format.
    • "When Knighthood Was In Flower", the commencement play, was performed on Monday evening, June 9.
    • 252 students of the senior class received their certificates, diplomas, and degrees.

 


1914

  • Date:  Tuesday, June 9, 1914
  • Site:  Unknown
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  President Seerley (Baccalaureate Address);  Thomas Huston MacBride (Commencement Address)
  • Events:
    • Annual Student Commencement Recital was held Friday, June 5.
    • Alumni Day was celebrated on Monday, June 8.
    • Baccalaureate services were held Sunday, June 7.
    • The Alumni Business Meeting was held Monday, June 8.
    • Following the Alumni Business Meeting was the Alumni Luncheon, held in the Gymnasium.
    • Commencement was held Tuesday, June 9.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • "Milestones" by Arnold Bennet was chosen as the commencement play.
    • 260 students of the senior class received their certificates, diplomas, and degrees.

 


1915

  • Date:  Monday - Friday, May 21-25, 1915
  • Site:  Unknown
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  President Seerley (Baccalaureate Address);  Hon. George Cosson, Attorney General of Iowa (Commencement Address)
  • Events:
    • The parade of the Literary Societies was held on Friday, May 21.
    • The Annual Concert was held Friday, May 21.
    • Class picnics were held Saturday, May 22 in the afternoon.
    • The commencement play was performed Saturday, May 22.
    • Baccalaureate services were held on Sunday, May 23, with President Seerley giving the address.
    • The Alumni Prayer Service was held Sunday, May 23 in the evening.
    • The Alumni Business Meeting and Dinner were held Monday, May 24.
    • A luncheon honoring the graduates took place on Tuesday, May 25.
    • Commencement was held Tuesday, May 25.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • "Nathan Hale" was chosen as the commencement play.
    • A review of the play claims it was the best in the history of the college.
    • Miss Ida Fesenbeck is president of the Alumni Association this year.
    • Commencement is being held early this tear due to the change in the length of the College year to forty-eight weeks.
    • Alumni Day is May 24.

 


1916

  • Date: Tuesday, June 6, 1916
  • Site: Unknown
  • Speaker and Speech Title: President H. H. Seerley (Baccalaureate); Hon. D. D. Murphy (Commencement Address)
  • Events:
    • The parade of the Literary Societies began on Friday, June 2, at 2:00 PM.
    • The annual concert and commencement play were held on Saturday, June 3, at 8:00 PM in the Auditorium.
    • The Baccalaureate Services were held on Sunday, June 4, at 4:00 PM in the Auditorium.
    • The Alumni and Senior Class Prayer Service were held on Sunday, June 4, at 7:00 PM in the Auditorium.
    • The Alumni Business Meeting and Reception to the Class of 1916 was held on Monday, June 5, at 10:30 AM. 
    • The Alumni Luncheon was held on Monday, June 5, at 12:15 PM, in the Gymnasium.
    • The Faculty Reception to Graduates, Alumni, and Visitors was held on Monday, June 5, at 8:00 PM.
    • Reunions of the Classes of 1896, 1901, 1906, and 1911 were held throughout Monday, June 5.
  • Commencement exercises began on Tuesday, June 6, at 10:00 AM.
    • Violin solo, Cavatina, by Dorothy Condit
    • Address delivered by Hon. D. D. Murphy of the Iowa State Board of Education
    • Greig's "A Dream", performed by Miss Harriett Case
    • Watts' "It Isn't the Thing You Do, Dear", performed by Miss Harriett Case
    • Needham's "Haymaking", performed by Miss Harriett Case
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • This year's commencement address was delivered by the Honorable D. D. Murphy of the Iowa State Board of Education.
    • The Classes of 1896, 1901, 1906, and 1911 gathered for their twentieth, fifteenth, tenth, and fifth year reunions on June 5.

 

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