Commencement, 1937-1946

Commencement, sometime in the 1940s


Spring Commencement:

  • Date:  Monday, May 31, 1937
  • Site:  Men's Gymnasium
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  President Walter Albert Jessup, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (Commencement Address)  Dr. Harold Bosley (Baccalaureate Address) "The Intellectual Crisis in Religion"
  • Events:
    • Graduates were invited to tea hosted by the Women's League and were shown appropriate attire for graduation on April 15 in the Commons.
    • Reception for graduates at President Latham's home was held on Sunday, May 23 at 7:00 PM.
    • Commencement dinner was held on Saturday, May 29 at 6:30 PM in the Commons.
    • Baccalaureate services began on Sunday, May 30 at 10:30 AM.
    • Cap and Gown breakfast was held on Monday, May 31 at 7 AM in the Commons
    • Commencement began on Monday, May 31 at 8:30 AM.
    • "The Romantic Young Lady" was presented Thursday and Friday at 8:30 PM in the Auditorium.
    • The Women's League hosted a farewell breakfast on Saturday, May 22 at the college golf course for all graduating women.
    • A performance by the College Band was given on Wednesday, May 26 at 7:15 PM in the Auditorium Plaza.
    • A baseball game against Western Illinois Teachers of Macomb was played on Saturday, May 29.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • 13 degrees and diplomas were awarded in November, 1936.
    • 13 degrees and diplomas were awarded in March, 1937.
    • 291 degrees and diplomas were awarded May, 1937.
    • "The Romantic Young Lady" was chosen as this years commencement play.

Summer Commencement:

  • Date:  Thursday, August 19, 1937
  • Site:  South of the Commons
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  Professor, Ira S. Condit, Mathematics (Commencement Address) "Another Fifty Years--Retrospect and Prospect"
  • Events:
    • Reception for graduates at President Latham's home began on Sunday evening, August 15.
    • Commencement was held on Thursday, August 19 at 7:30 PM.
    • Commencement dinner was held on Wednesday, August 18 in the evening.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • 225 students received degrees and diplomas.

 


Spring Commencement:

  • Date:  Monday, May 30, 1938
  • Site:  Men's Gymnasium
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  President O. R. Latham (Commencement Address) "The Obligations of a Teachers College"  Samuel A. Lynch, Head of English Department (Baccalaureate Address)
  • Events:
    • The Women's League hosted tea in the Commons on Wednesday, April 20 to display appropriate commencement garb.
    • A reception for the graduates at President Latham's home was held on Sunday, May 22 at 7:00 PM.
    • A baseball game against Luther College was held on Monday, May 23 at 3:30 PM.
    • A concert performed by the College Band was held on Thursday, May 26 at 7:30 PM.
    • "The Fall of the City" was presented on Thursday and Friday evening at 8:30 in the Auditorium.
    • The commencement dinner party was held on Saturday, May 28 at 6:30 PM in the Commons.
    • Baccalaureate services were held on Sunday, May 29 at 10:00 PM in the College Auditorium.
    • The alumni dinner began on Sunday, May 29 at 12:30 PM in the Commons.
    • The Homerian-Irving Tea was held on Sunday, May 29 at 4:30 PM in the Commons.
    • The Cap and Gown breakfast began on Monday, May 30 at 7:00 AM in the Commons.
    • Commencement was held on Monday, May 30 at 9:30 AM.
  • Highlights, Headlines, First, and Honors:
    • 25 degrees and diplomas were awarded in November, 1937.
    • 36 degrees and diplomas were awarded March, 1938.
    • 275 degrees and diplomas were awarded May, 1938.
    • "The Fall of the City" was chosen as this years commencement play.
    • This marks President Latham's 10th year of service to the college.

Summer Commencement:

  • Date:  Thursday, August 18, 1938
  • Site:  The Commons Terrace
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  Dr. Carroll Roscoe Reed, Superintendent of Schools, Minneapolis, MN (Commencement Address) "The Sense of Direction"
  • Events:
    • A reception for graduates at President Latham's home was held on Sunday evening, August 14.
    • Commencement dinner was held on Wednesday, August 17 at 6:30 PM in the Commons.
    • Commencement was held on Thursday, August 18 at 7:30 PM.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • 243 students received degrees and diplomas.

 


1939

Spring Commencement:

  • Date:  Monday, May 29, 1939
  • Site:  Men's Gymnasium
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  Chancellor Samuel Paul Capen, University of Buffalo (Commencement Address)  Professor Forest Cheater Engign, University of Iowa (Baccalaureate Services)
  • Events:
    • A reception for graduates was held at President Latham's home on Sunday, May  19 at 2:17 PM.
    • The Concert Band performed on Wednesday, May 24 on the Auditorium Plaza.
    • Commencement dinner was held on Saturday, May 18 at 6:30 PM in the Commons.
    • Baseball games against Western Illinois Teachers College were held on May 26 and 27 at 3:30 PM.
    • Baccalaureate services were held on Sunday, May 28 at 10:30 AM in the Auditorium.
    • The alumni dinner was held on Sunday, May 28 in the Commons.
    • Cap and Gown breakfast was held on Monday, May 29 at 7:30 AM.
    • Commencement was held on Monday, May 29 at 10:00 AM.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • 21 degrees and diplomas were awarded in November, 1938.
    • 20 degrees and diplomas were awarded in March, 1939.
    • 230 degrees and diplomas were awarded in May, 1939.

Summer Commencement:

  • Date:  Thursday, August 24, 1939
  • Site:  Commons Terrace
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  Dr. Mervin Gordon Neale, University of Minnesota (Commencement Address)
  • Events:
    • A reception for graduates at President Latham's home began on Sunday, August 20 at 7:00 PM.
    • The commencement dinner party was held on Wednesday, August 23 at 6:30 PM in the Commons.
    • Commencement was held on Thursday, August 24 at 7:00 PM.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • 205 students received degrees and diplomas.

 


1940

Spring Commencement:

  • Date:  Monday, June 3, 1940
  • Site:  Men's Gymnasium
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  President Charles Edwin Friley (Commencement Address) "The Quality of Education"  Dr. Albert Eustace Haydon (Baccalaureate Address)
  • Events:  
    • Commencement was held on Monday, June 3, 1940 at 10:00 AM.
    • Reception for graduates at President O.R. Latham's home was held on Sunday, May 26 at 7:00 PM.
    • Commencement dinner was held in the Commons on Saturday, June 1. 
    • Baccalaureate services were held on Sunday, June 2 at 10:30 AM in the Auditorium
    • An organ recital was held in the Auditorium on Sunday, June 2 at 5 PM.
    • A lantern processional for senior women was held on the Campanile Plaza on Sunday, June 2 at 8:30 PM.
    • The Cap and Gown breakfast preceded commencement on Monday, June 3, 1940 at 7:30 AM.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • 19 degrees and diplomas were received in November, 1939.
    • 20 degrees and diplomas were received in March, 1940.
    • 232 degrees and diplomas were received June, 1940.

Summer Commencement:

  • Date:  Thursday, August 22, 1940
  • Site:  Commons Terrace
  • Events:
    • Commencement was held on Thursday, August 22 at 7:30 PM.
    • Commencement dinner was held in the Commons on Wednesday, August 21 at 6:30 PM.
    • A concert by the college band preceded commencement on Thursday, August 22 on the south terrace of the Commons.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • 207 students received degrees and diplomas

 


1941

Spring Commencement:

  • Date:  Monday, June 2, 1941
  • Site:  O.R. Latham Field
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  Professor Alonzo Franklin Myers, New York University, (Commencement Address) "The Fundamental Assumptions of a Democratic Society"
  • Events:  
    • Commencement was held on Monday, June 2 at 10:00 AM.
    • Senior prom was held in the Commons on Friday, May 23.
    • The Teachers College baseball team played Western State Teachers College on Friday, May 30.
    • The Commencement College Band concert was held on Friday, May 30 in the Auditorium.
    • Commencement dinner was held in the Commons on Saturday, May 31 at 6:30 PM.
    • Baccalaureate services were held on Sunday, June 1 at 10:30 AM.
    • Lantern processional for senior women held on Sunday, June 1 at 8:30 PM at the Campanile.
    • The Cap and Gown Breakfast was held in the Commons on Monday, June 2 at 7:30 AM.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • 31 degrees and diplomas received in November, 1940.
    • 28 degrees and diplomas received in March, 1941.
    • 214 degrees and diplomas received in May, 1941.

Summer Commencement:

  • Date:  Thursday, August 21, 1941
  • Site:  Commons Terrace
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  Mr. William Wesley Waymack, B.A., LL.D., Litt.D., Editor of the Des Moines Register and Tribune, (Commencement Address) "The Last Line of Defense"
  • Events:
    • Commencement was held on Thursday, August 21 at 7:00 PM.
    • Baccalaureate services were held on Sunday, August 17 at 10:30 AM in the Auditorium.
    • Reception for graduates was held at President Price's home on Sunday, August 17 at 7:00 PM.
    • Commencement dinner was held in the Commons on Wednesday, August 20 at 6:30 PM.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • 229 students received degrees and diplomas.

 


1942

Spring Commencement:

  • Date:  Sunday, May 31, 1942
  • Site:  Men's Gymnasium
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  Floyd E. Page, Member of Commission on Iowa School Code Revision (Commencement Address) "The Keystone of the Republic"   Reverend Stoddard Lane (Baccalaureate Address)
  • Events:
    • Women's League hosted a tea on Wednesday, April 19, showcasing appropriate clothing for graduation.
    • Senior Prom was held on Friday, May 22 at 9:15 PM in the Commons.
    • The Cap and Gown breakfast began on Sunday, May 24 in the Commons at 8 AM.
    • Baccalaureate services were held on Sunday, May 24 at 10:30 AM.
    • Reception at President Price's home was held on Sunday, May 24 at 7 PM.
    • The Commencement Band Concert was performed on Friday, May 29 at 7:30 PM.
    • Commencement dinner party began on Saturday, May 30 at 6:30 PM in the Commons.
    • Alumni Chapel was held on Sunday, May 31 at 10:30 AM.
    • Alumni Dinner was held on Sunday, May 31 at noon in the Commons.
    • Alumni reunions were celebrated on Sunday, May 31 from 2 to 4 PM.
    • Commencement began on Sunday, May 31 at 5 PM.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • 17 degrees and diplomas were awarded in November, 1941.
    • 31 degrees and diplomas were awarded in March, 1942.
    • 264 degrees and diplomas were awarded in May, 1942.

Summer Commencement:

  • Date:  Thursday, August 20, 1942
  • Site:  Auditorium
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  William Fielding Ogburn, Ph.D., LL.D., Professor of Sociology, The University of Chicago (Commencement Address) "The World We Will Face Tomorrow"   Dr. Winfield E. Garrison (Baccalaureate Address) "New Leaders for New Adventures"
  • Events:
    • The commencement banquet was held on Wednesday, August 10 at 6:30 PM in the Commons.
    • Baccalaureate services were held on Sunday, August 16 at 10:30 AM in the Auditorium.
    • Commencement began on Thursday, August 20 at 7:30 PM. 
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    •  187 students received degrees and diplomas.

 


1943

Spring Commencement:

  • Date:  Sunday, May 23, 1943
  • Site:  Auditorium
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  Reverend Richard Campbell Raines, A.B., S.T.B., D.D., Hennepin Avenue Methodist Church, Minneapolis (Commencement Address) "Turn Ye Northward"   Dr. Gerald Knoff (Baccalaureate Address)
  • Events:
    • The president's reception was held on Sunday, May 16.
    • The commencement dinner party was held on Saturday, May 22 at 6:30 PM in the Commons.
    • The Women's Lantern Parade was held on Saturday, May 22 by the Campanile.
    • Baccalaureate services were held on Sunday, May 23 at 10:30 AM. 
    • Commencement began on Sunday, May 23 at 5:00 PM.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • Commencement events were curtailed due to the war.
    • 21 degrees and diplomas were awarded in November, 1942.
    • 32 degrees and diplomas were awarded in February, 1943.
    • 208 degrees and diplomas were awarded in May, 1943.

Summer Commencement:

  • Date:  Thursday, August 19, 1943
  • Site:  Auditorium
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  Robert Bell Browne, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Education and Director of Extension Service, University of Illinois (Commencement Address) "Permanence and Change"   Reverend Alvin H. Rogness (Baccalaureate Address)
  • Events:
    • A commencement dinner party was held on Saturday, August 14 at 7:00 PM in the Commons.
    • Baccalaureate services were held on Sunday, August 15 at 5:00 PM.
    • The president's reception was held in President Price's home on Sunday, August 15 at 8:00 PM.
    • Commencement began on Thursday, August 19 at 7:30 PM.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • 194 students received degrees and diplomas.

 

 


1944

Spring Commencement:

  • Date:  Sunday, May 21, 1944
  • Site:  Auditorium
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  Reverend Liston Pope, Ph.D., Professor of Social Ethics, The Divinity School, Yale University (Commencement Address) "Some to be Teachers"   Chaplain John Dunster Kettelle (Baccalaureate Address)
  • Events:
    • A formal dance was held on Saturday, May 13 at 8:30 PM in the Commons
    • The president's reception was held on Sunday, May 14 at 7:00 PM at President Price's home.
    • Commencement dinner was held on Saturday, May 20 at 6:30 PM in the Commons.
    • Baccalaureate services were held on Sunday, May 21 at 10:30 AM in the Auditorium.
    • Commencement was held on Sunday, May 21 at 5:00 PM.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • 11 degrees and diplomas were awarded in November, 1943.
    • 25 degrees and diplomas were awarded in February, 1944.
    • 132 degrees and diplomas were awarded in May, 1944.

Summer Commencement:

  • Date:  Thursday, August 17, 1944
  • Site:  Auditorium
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  Norman Cousins, Editor, Saturday Review of Literature (Commencement Address)   Reverend Elwood Lindsay Haines, Bishop of the Diocese of Iowa, Protestant Episcopal Church of America (Baccalaureate Address)
  • Events:
    • Commencement dinner was held on Saturday, August 12 at 6:30 PM in the Commons.
    • Baccalaureate services were held on Sunday, August 13 at 10:30 AM.
    • President's reception was held on Sunday, August 13 at President Price's home.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • 105 students received degrees and diplomas.

 


1945

Spring Commencement:

  • Date:  Sunday, May 27, 1945
  • Site:  Auditorium
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  Reverend Vernon Parker Bodein, Ph.D., Director of Religious Activities, Iowa State Teachers College (Commencement Address) "For Whom the Bell Tolls"   Reverend Charles Wesley Brashares, Bishop of The Des Moines Area Methodist Church (Baccalaureate Address) "The Final Examination"
  • Events:
    • The President's reception was held on Sunday, May 20 at 7:00 PM in President Price's home.
    • A commencement dinner party was held on Saturday, May 26 at 6:30 PM in the Commons.
    • The Cap and Gown breakfast was held on Sunday, May 27 at 8:00 AM in the Commons.
    • Baccalaureate services began on Sunday, May 27 at 10:30 AM in the Auditorium.
    • Commencement was held on Sunday, May 27 at 5:00 PM. 
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • 24 degrees and diplomas were awarded in November, 1944.
    • 12 degrees and diplomas were awarded in February, 1945.
    • 239 degrees and diplomas were awarded in May, 1945.

Summer Commencement:

  • Date:  Thursday, August 23, 1945
  • Site:  Auditorium
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  Forrest W. Seymour, Associate Editor, Des Moines Register and Tribune (Commencement Address) "An End to Groping Blindly"   Gerald Knoff (Baccalaureate Address)
  • Events:
    • Commencement dinner party
    • A reception was held at President Price's home.
    • Commencement began on Thursday, August 23 at 7:30 PM.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • 131 students received degrees and diplomas.

 


1946

Spring Commencement:

  • Date:  Saturday, May 25, 1946
  • Site:  Auditorium
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  Reverend Joseph Sittler, Assistant Professor of Theology, Chicago Lutheran Theological Seminary (Commencement Address) "Knowledge As Criticism"   Jack Finegan (Baccalaureate Address) "Is There a Plan for My Life?"
  • Events:
    • Baccalaureate services were held on Sunday, May 19 at 10:30 AM in the Auditorium.
    • Commencement dinner was held on Friday, May 24 at 6:00 PM in the Commons.
    • President's reception was held in President Price's home.
    • Commencement began on Saturday, May 25 at 4:00 PM.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • 18 degrees and diplomas were awarded in November, 1945.
    • 23 degrees and diplomas were awarded in February, 1946.
    • 170 degrees and diplomas were awarded in May, 1946.

Summer Commencement:

  • Date:  Thursday, August 22, 1946
  • Site:  Auditorium
  • Speaker and Speech Title:  Hubert H. Humphrey, M.A., Mayor of the City of Minneapolis (Commencement Address) "Tomorrow - the World"   Theodore G. Lilley (Baccalaureate Address)
  • Events:
    • Commencement was held on Thursday, August 22 at 7:30 PM.
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • 149 students received degrees and diplomas

 

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