August 17, 1938

Acadia To Celebrate 100 Years of Progress

Notable Graduates To Be The Speakers at Special Functions – Memorials, Convocation, Re-unions To Feature Gatherings.

One hundred years of educational progress at Acadia University will be commemorated when graduates and friends of the college from all over the continent gather for a five-day Centennial celebration on Wednesday, August 24 and continuing until Sunday, August 28. The program arranged by the Centennial celebration committee will feature re-unions of graduates, memorial services, addresses by distinguished alumni and guests, and other interesting activities. It is expected that over a thousand visitors will be in attendance.

A feature of the Centennial program will be a dramatization of three scenes from Acadia’s early history. This play entitled "In Pulvere Vinces," which for 100 years has been the University’s motto, was written by an Acadia graduate, Berton Robinson, Halifax, who is the son of Prof. E. W. Robinson, head of Acadia’s Education Department. "In Pulvere Vinces" will be staged in University Hall, Thursday, August 25th.

Friday afternoon Class re-unions and picnics will be held and in the evening in the University dining hall the Board of Governors banquet will be held. Here many of the distinguished guests will be the speakers.

Saturday morning the Centennial Convocation takes place at which there will be the presentation of honorary degrees, the gathering of the Alumni and the Academic procession.

Sunday morning Dr. Avery A. Shaw, President of Denison University, will preach the Centennial sermon. This service will follow a memorial ceremony to be held at the old cemetery and Willow Bank cemetery, conducted by Dr. J. H. MacDonald.

Weather permitting, plans have been made for a vesper service to be held on the Wolfville Ridge, situated one mile above the town and overlooking the beautiful Gaspereaux Valley. This event has been scheduled for 7 p.m. and the speaker will be Dr. T. S. Roy, ’11, Worcester, Mass.

Other events such as the Alumni Reception (Wednesday evening), the Garden Party (Thursday afternoon), the Seminary Reception (Thursday evening), Stunt Day (Saturday afternoon), the Memorial Services, (Sunday morning), Class banquets, picnics, etc., will make a full program.

Some of the notable speakers will be: Hon. Norman McLeod Rogers, ’19, Minister of Labor, Ottawa; Hon. Congressman Charles A. Eaton, ’90, New Jersey; Dr. G. B. Cutten, ’96, President of Colgate University, N.Y.; Dr. Avery A. Shaw, ’92, President of Denison University, Ohio; Dr. H. P. Whidden, ’91, Chancellor of McMaster university, Hamilton, Ont; Dr. T. Sherrard Roy, ’11, of Worcester, Mass. and others.

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