Commencement, 1917-1926

Commencement procession, 1920s, with Wright, Sabin, and Seerley Halls in the background.


1917

  • Date: June 5, 1917
  • Site: Unknown
  • Speaker and Speech Title: President Homer H. Seerley (Baccalaureate Address); Hon. William L. Harding, Governor of Iowa (Commencement Address)
  • Events:
    • The parade and reunion of the Literary Societies was held on Friday, June 1, at 2:00 PM.
    • The Annual Concert was held on Friday, June 1, at 8:00 PM in the Auditorium.
    • The class picnic was held in the morning and afternoon of Saturday, June 2.
    •  Baccalaureate services were held on Sunday, June 3 at 4:00 PM in the Auditorium.
    • The Alumni and Senior Class Prayer Service began on Sunday, June 3 at 7:00 PM.
    • The Alumni Business Meeting and Reception to the Class of 1917 was held on Monday, June 4 at 10:30 AM.
    • The Alumni Luncheon was held on Monday, June 4 at 12:15 PM in the Gymnasium.
    • The Faculty Reception to Graduates was held on Monday, June 4 at 8:00 PM.
    • The Alumni breakfast began on Tuesday, June 5 at 8:00 AM.
    • Commencement exercises began on Tuesday, June 5 at 10:00 AM.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • No commencement play was performed this year due to the enlistment of male students into military service.

1918

  • Date: Thursday, June 6, 1918
  • Site: Auditorium
  • Speaker and Speech Title: President Homer H. Seerley (Baccalaureate Address); Hon. William Howard Taft (Commencement Address)
  • Events: 
    • Society Anniversaries were celebrated on Monday, June 3 at 2:00 PM
    • The Grand Concert was performed on Monday, June 3 at 8:00 PM.
    • The commencement play was performed on Tuesday, June 4 at 8:00 PM.
    • The Baccalaureate Address was held on Wednesday, June 5 at 10:00 AM.
    • The Alumni Business Meeting was held on Wednesday, June 5 at 2:00 PM.
    • The Faculty Reception began on Wednesday, June 5 at 8:00 PM.
  • The Commencement Day exercises were held on Thursday, June 6.
    • Invocation, by Professor D. Sands Wright
    • "Elegie", by Maude Knoop
    • "Murmuring Zephyrs" and "Calm is the Night", by the Cecilian Glee Club
    • Address, by Hon. William Howard Taft
    • Benediction by Professor W. W. Gist
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors: 
    • Former President of the United States, William Howard Taft, served as guest speaker.

 


1919

  • Date: Tuesday, June 3, 1919
  • Site: Unknown
  • Speaker and Speech Title: President Homer H. Seerley (Baccalaureate Address); Professor Frank W. Gunsaulus (Commencement Address); Major-General Leonard Wood (Commencement Address, Canceled)
  • Events:
    • The Parade of the Women's Societies was held on Thursday, May 29, at 2:00 PM.
    • The Annual Student Concert was held on Thursday, May 29, at 8:00 PM.
    • Memorial Day Exercises were held on Friday, May 30 at 10:00 AM.
    • The commencement play, "Little Women", was performed on Saturday, May 31 at 8:00 PM.
    • The baccalaureate services were held on Sunday, June 1 at 4:00 PM.
    • The Alumni and Student Prayer Service was held on Sunday, June 1 at 7:00 PM.
    • The Alumni Breakfast was held on Monday, June 2 at 8:00 AM.
    • The Faculty Reception to Graduates, Alumni, and Citizens was held on Monday, June 2 at 8:00 PM.
  • Commencement Exercises began on Tuesday, June 3 at 10:00 AM.
    • Commencement address delivered by Professor Frank W. Gunsaulus.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • Major-General Leonard Wood was unable to appear as guest speaker for the 42nd Commencement Exercises, and was replaced by Dr. Frank W. Gunsaulus of Chicago.

 


1920

  • Date: Tuesday, June 1, 1920
  • Site: Unknown
  • Speaker and Speech Title: President Homer H. Seerley (Baccalaureate Address); Hon. Leslie M. Shaw (Commencement Address)
  • Events:
    • The Parade and Reunions of the Literary Societies began on Friday, May 28 at 2:00 PM.
    • Class Picnics were held on Saturday, May 29, at 9:30 AM.
    • The commencement play was performed on Saturday, May 29 at 8:00 PM.
    • Baccalaureate services were held on Sunday, May 30 at 4:00 PM.
    • The Alumni and Senior Class Prayer Service was held on Sunday, May 30 at 7:00 PM.
    • The Alumni Breakfast was held on Monday, May 31 at 8:00 AM.
    • The Faculty Reception was held on Monday, May 31 at 8:00 PM.
  • Commencement Day exercises were held on Tuesday, June 1.
    • The Formation of Procession Music was held on Tuesday, June 1 at 9:30 AM.
    • The Call to Colors was held on Tuesday, June 1 at 9:45 AM.
    • The commencement address was delivered by Hon. Leslie M. Shaw of Washington at 10:00 AM.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • The commencement speaker for the 43rd Commencement Exercises was former Iowa governor and U. S. Secretary of Treasury Leslie M. Shaw.

 


1921

  • Date: Tuesday, May 31, 1921
  • Site: Unknown
  • Speaker and Speech Title: President Homer H. Seerley (Baccalaureate Address); Judge Harry Olsen of Chicago (Commencement Address)
  • Events:
    • The Parade of the Women's and Men's Literary Societies was held on Friday, May 27 at 2:00 PM.
    • The commencement play, "Iphigenia in Aulis" was held on Saturday, May 28 at 8:00 PM in the Auditorium.
    • The baccalaureate services were held on Sunday, May 29 at 4:00 PM.
    • The Alumni and Senior Class Prayer Service was held on Sunday, May 29 at 7:00 PM.
    • The Alumni Breakfast was held on Monday, May 30 at 8:00 PM.
    • The Faculty Reception was held on Monday, May 30 at 8:00 PM.
  • Commencement exercises were held on Tuesday, May 31.
    • The Formation of Procession of Faculty and Graduates began at 9:30 AM.
    • The commencement address was delivered by Judge Harry Olsen, Chief Justice of the Municipal Court of Chicago,  at 10:00 AM.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • The Classes of 1881, 1886, 1891, 1896, 1901, 1906, 1911, and 1916 celebrated their reunions this year.

 


1922

  • Date: Tuesday, May 30, 1922
  • Site: Auditorium
  • Speaker and Speech Title: President Homer H. Seerley (Baccalaureate Address); Professor Joseph Fort Newton (Commencement Address)
  • Events:
    • The Flower Parade was held on Friday, May 26 at 2:00 PM.
    • The commencement play, "Twelfth Night", was performed on Saturday, May 27 at 8:00 PM.
    • Baccalaureate services were held on Sunday, May 28 at 4:00 PM.
    • The Alumni Tea was held on Sunday, May 28 at 5:00 PM.
    • The Alumni and Senior Class Prayer Service was held on Sunday, May 28, at 7:00 PM.
    • The Alumni Breakfast was held on Monday, May 29 at 8:00 AM.
    • The Faculty Reception was held on Monday, May 29 at 8:00 PM.
  • Commencement Day exercises were held on Tuesday, May 30.
    • The Formation of Procession of Faculty and Graduates began at 9:30 AM.
    • The commencement address was delivered by Professor Joseph Fort Newton of Brooklyn, N. Y. at 10:00 AM.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • The Class of 1887 were the guests of honor at this year's Alumni Breakfast.

 


1923

  • Date: Tuesday, June 5, 1923
  • Site: Auditorium
  • Speaker and Speech Title: President Homer H. Seerley (Baccalaureate Address); Hon. J. H. Anderson (Commencement Address)
  • Events:
    • The Flower Parade began on Friday, June 1 at 2:00 PM.
    • The commencement play was performed on Friday, June 1 at 8:00 PM.
    • The President's Address began on Saturday, June 2 at 9:30 AM.
    • The baccalaureate services were held on Sunday, June 3 at 4:00 PM.
    • The Alumni Tea was held on Sunday, June 3 at 5:00 PM.
    • Alumni and Senior Prayer Service was held on Sunday, June 3 at 7:00 PM.
    • The Alumni Breakfast was held on Monday, June 4 at 8:00 AM.
    • The Old Grad's Parade began on Monday, June 4 at 2:00 AM.
    • The Auto Rides for Reunion Classes were held on Monday, June 4 at 3:00 PM.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • Jeanne D'Arc was selected as this year's commencement play, featuring a cast of over sixty students.

 


1924

Winter Commencement:

  • Date: Tuesday, March 11, 1923
  • Site: Chapel 
  • Speaker and Speech Title: President Homer H. Seerley (Commencement Address) 
  • Events:
    • Commencement was held on the morning of Tuesday, March 11.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors: 
    • A record number of students graduated from the Primary Course.
    • Six B.A. degrees were awarded.

Spring Commencement:

  • Date: Tuesday, June 3, 1924
  • Site:  Auditorium
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  President Homer H. Seerley (Baccalaureate Address);  Hon. Leslie M. Shaw, Governor of Iowa (Commencement Address)
  • Events:
    • Parade of Literary Societies held on Friday, May 30 at 2:00 PM.
    • President's Address held on Saturday, May 31 at 9:30 AM.
    • Baccalaureate services were held on Sunday, June 1 at 4:00 PM.
    • Alumni Tea held on Sunday, June 1, 5:00 PM at the President's House.
    • Alumni and Senior Prayer Service held on Sunday, June 1, 7:00 PM in the Auditorium.
    • Alumni Breakfast held on Monday, June 2, 8:00 AM in the Gymnasium
    • Old Grads' Parade held on Monday , June 2, 2:00 PM. 
    • Auto Rides for Reunion Classes at 3:00 PM on June 2.
    • Faculty Reception in Honor of the Class of 1924 held on Monday, June 2 at 8:00 PM.
    • Commencement Procession held on Tuesday, June 3 at 9:30 AM.
    • Commencement Address held on June 3 at 10:00 AM.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • Nine states were represented by the graduates. 
    • There was no commencement play held due to the director's poor health.

Summer Commencement:

  • Date:  Thursday, August 21, 1924
  • Site: Auditorium 
  • Speaker and Speech Title: President Homer H. Seerley (Commencement Address) 
  • Events:
    • Commencement was held on the morning of Thursday, August 21, 1924.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • 251 students graduated this year.

Fall Commencement: 

  • Date:  Tuesday, December 2, 1924
  • Site:  Chapel
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  President Homer H. Seerley (Commencement Address) 
  • Events:
    • Commencement was held on Tuesday, December 2 at mid-morning.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • Seventy students graduated, twelve of which were awarded B.A. degrees.

 


1925

Winter Commencement:

  • Date: Tuesday, March 10, 1925
  • Site: Chapel
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  President Homer H. Seerley (Commencement Address) 
  • Events:
    • Commencement was held on the morning of Tuesday, March 10.  
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • The winter class was significantly larger than the class graduating in the previous term.
    • 90 students were granted diplomas, with ten students being awarded B.A.. degrees.

Spring Commencement:

  • Date:  Tuesday, June 2, 1925 
  • Site:  Auditorium 
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  President Homer H. Seerley (Baccalaureate Address);  Hon. D. D. Murphy, President of the State Board of Education (Commencement Address)
  • Events:
    • The commencement play, "Pharaoh's Daughter" was performed on Thursday, May 28 at 8:00 PM and on Friday, May 29 at 8:00 PM.
    • The Society Parade was held on Friday, May 29 at 2:00 PM.
    • Class Day festivities began at 9:30 AM on Saturday, May 30.
    • Baccalaureate services were held on Sunday, May 31 at 4:00 PM.
    • Alumni Day festivities begin at 7:30 AM on Monday, June 1.
    • Commencement Procession held at 9:30 AM on Tuesday, June 2.
    • Commencement Address at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, June 2.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors: 
    • Pharaohs' Daughter was chosen as this year's commencement play.
    •  460 students graduated, with approximately 90 receiving B.A. degree. 

Summer Commencement: 

  • Date: Thursday, August 20, 1925
  • Site:  Chapel
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  President Homer H. Seerley (Commencement Address) 
  • Events:
    • Commencement was held at 7:00 PM on Thursday, August 20, 1925
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • 61 students were presented degrees for having completed their B.A.

Fall commencement:  

  • Date:  Monday, November 30, 1925
  • Site:  Auditorium 
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  President Homer H. Seerley  (Commencement Address) 
  • Events:
    • Commencement was held at 7:00 PM on Monday, November 30. 
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:  
    • 65 students graduated in the fall.  

 


1926

Winter Commencement:

  • Date:  Tuesday, March 8, 1926
  • Site: Chapel 
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  President Homer H. Seerley (Commencement Address); Howard Orth, Who is Who in the World of Efficiency
  • Events:
    • Commencement was held on Tuesday, March 8.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors: 
    • 91 students graduated.

Spring Commencement: 

  • Date:  Tuesday, June 1, 1926
  • Site:  Auditorium 
  • Speaker and Speech Title: President Homer H. Seerley (Baccalaureate Address) "The Greater Issues of American Life" 
  • Events:
    • The Society Parade, Lower Campus and Society Reunion, and Society Halls, were held on Friday, May 28 at 2:00 PM
    • Class Day exercises at the Campanile beginning at 9:30 AM on Saturday, May 29.
      • Class History
      • Class Prophecy
      • Class Poem
      • Presentation of Class Mantle to Class of 1927.
      • Acceptance by Class of 1927.
      • Smoking the Peace Pipe.
      • Farewell walk around the campus.
      • Planting the Ivy.
    • Jubilee Pageant, "The Spirit of 50 Years" was held in the Men's Gymnasium on Saturday, May 29.
    • Baccalaureate services, along with an address by President H. H. Seerley, were held in the Auditorium on Sunday, May 30 at 4:00 PM.
    • The Alumni Tea was served in the Faculty Room at 5:30 PM on Sunday, May 30.
    • The Senior Farewell Vespers took place on Sunday, May 30 at 7:00 PM.
    • The dedication of the Campanile, with a presentation address by Carlton C. Magee, and acceptance by a member of the Board of Education took place at 10:30 AM on Monday, May 31.
    • The Alumni Luncheon was held in the Women's Gymnasium, with a business meeting following at 12:30 PM on Monday, May 31.
    • Faculty Reception in honor of the Alumni, Graduates, and their Friends in held in the Women's Gymnasium from 7:00 to 9:00 PM on Monday, May 31.
    • The All Alumni Stunt Night was held in the Men's Gymnasium on Monday, May 31 at 8:15 PM for alumni and their guests.
    • The Academic Processional took place at 9:30 AM on Tuesday, June 1.
    • Commencement exercises were held in the Men's Gymnasium. The address was delivered by a speaker selected from the Board of Education. The conferring of diplomas and degrees by the President was held at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, June 1.
  • College High School Commencement Program
    • The class play, "Stop Thief", was performed in the Training School Auditorium at 8:00 PM on May 13 and May 14.
    • College High School Commencement was performed in the Training School Auditorium at 8:00 PM on Thursday, May 27.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:  
    • The first ever Jubilee Pageant was held this year.
    • The Teachers College celebrated fifty years of service.
    • The dedication of the Campanile
    • Commencement Committee
      • O B. Read, Chairman
      • Bertha L. Patt
      • Anna Gertrude Childs
      • E. W. Goetch
      • C. W. lantz
      • Mertha martin
      • Martion McFarland Walker, ex officio
      • Benjamin Boardman, ex officio

Summer Commencement:  

  • Date:  Thursday, August 19, 1926
  • Site:  Chapel
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  President Homer H. Seerley (Commencement Address) 
  • Events:
    • Commencement was held on Thursday, August 19
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • This was the largest August class to graduate in the history of the college, with 326 graduates. 

Fall Commencement: 

  • Date:  Monday, November 29, 1926
  • Site:  Auditorium 
  • Speakers and Speech Title:  President Homer H. Seerley (Commencement Address) "What it Means to Graduate From College in 1926" 
  • Events:
    • Commencement was held on Monday, November 29 at 7:00 PM. 
    • A reception was held after Commencement in the Faculty Room. 
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • 66 students, a record number for Fall, are graduating.

 

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