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Fifty Fifth Commencement Of Lebanon University

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Of Lebanon University Graduating Fifty
Students To Be Held Next Week

Beginning Sunday With Baccalaureate Sermon Week Will Be
Crowded With May Interesting Events – Eminent Men To
Be In Attendance and Deliver Addresses – To Confer Degrees

Lebanon University will be in gala attire next week, the occasion being that of the fifty-fifth annual commencement exercises when nearly half a hundred students will be graduated from the historic institution.

Festivities will be opened Sunday morning at 10:30 when Rev. William Frost Crispin, of Akron, Ohio, will deliver the baccalaureate sermon. Dr. Crispin is a member of the class of 1860, is one of the oldest living graduates of the old normal and will doubtless deliver a stirring and forceful appeal to the graduates of this year’s class. There will be no morning services in any of the churches as has been the custom for some years and all will unite with the students in this hour of worship. The board of trustees will attend in a body and the local ministers will participate in the services.

Societies to Give Reception.
Tuesday evening at 8:00 o’clock the various literary societies will combine in their annual reception to their friends and the friends of the University. Elaborate preparations are being made for this function and it will doubtless be quite a swell affair.

Scientific Class Day is booked for Wednesday when all the graduates of this course will deliver orations commencing at 9:00 a. m.

The alumnal oration will be delivered Wednesday evening at 8:00 o’clock and the alumnal banquet will immediately follow. The orator this year is Professor J. W. Withers of St. Louis, Mo., formerly president of the University. It will be arranged that the townsfolk may hear the oration without attending the banquet. The alumnal association will have charge of the banquet and tickets may now be obtained form Miss Eva Lewis, the secretary.

Classic Class Day is Thursday, when those who have striven for the degree of Bachelor of Arts will deliver their final orations.

Commencement Address.
This will be followed in the evening by the regular commencement exercises when Ira Landrith, D.D., L.L. D., of Nashville, Tenn, will deliver the commencement address and the degrees will be conferred. Dr. Landrith is just completing a tour of the United State delivering lectures and comes to Lebanon with the force and vigor of a man of affairs, of a successful school man of a recognized editor and writer and is a keen and brilliant thinker.

These exercises close Commencement week quite as brilliantly as it started.

Honorary degrees will be conferred as follows: Doctor of Divinity, William Frost Crispin; Master of Oratory, Miss Marie Antoinette Monfort.

Those To Be Graduated.
Graduates receiving the degrees of Bachelor of Arts are: Holly Estil Cunningham, Morrell G. Bain, Elva May Drake, Katherine Will, Emmett J. Prickett, William Louis Suemening, Ruth Jeanette Kimble, Genevieve Hawk.

Bachelor of Philosophy: Harry C. Burns, Buford A. Fletcher, William Fraser, Bruce Hart, Alta Nixon, Elma A. Dearth, Enid Ritz, Julia T. Snook, Mildred Gustin, Frank H. Close, William Alexander Price, Sylvester I. Yochum, Roscoe R. Robinson, Holly Estil Cunningham, Earl Farmer Martin, Raymond Franz.

Bachelor of Science: George H. Zarfoss, Ford McDonald, Chester E. Roberts, Hazel Drake, Rudolph O. Selfling, Robert A. Armstrong, Charles Francis Dunn, Hilda G. Mulford, F. Leslie Scofield, Buford A. Fletcher, Harry C. Burns, William Fraser, Bruce Hart, William J. Cromer, Carl G. Hopkins, Stanley C. Jordan, Lee Tigar, William Herman Whitmore, Lawrence E. Bilyeu.

Of these graduates the following are from Lebanon: Morrell Bain, Elva Drake, Katherine Will, Mildred Gustin, William Suemening, Genevieve Hawk, Harry Burns, William Fraser, Bruce Hart, Alta Nixon, Hazel Drake, Hidah Mulford, F. L. Scofield, Lee Tigar, William Whitmore.

Ante-Commencement Affair.
The faculty of Lebanon University will extend to all members of all the graduating classes on Friday night of this week a reception which will close with a banquet. The reception will take place in the reception room of the University and the banquet will be served in the University dining room. The committee in charge is composed of Mrs. Lucile Berry, Miss Della Frank, Miss Florence March, Miss Frieda Sieker and Mrs. Floyd Poe. The affair promises to be a very pleasant one and it is the beginning of a happy custom which will be continued from year to year.

Source: The Western Star (Lebanon, Ohio), August 4, 1910 [copy obtained from microfilm available at the Warren County Genealogical Society]

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Chuck Griffen
8 September 2007

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Arne H Trelvik
8 September 2007

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