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Vol. XXXVIII MAY-JUNE. 1933 No. 4
REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT
MAY 31, 1933
T0 the Trustees of St. Augustine s College.
During the past year, the sixty-sixth Annual
Sesssion, there have been enrolled 340 students,
coming from 16 states and 4 foreign countries,
classified as follows:
Senior Class “ *
High School Department -
First Y63.I* ^
St. Agnes Training School for Nurses -
Graduates 1932 '
Freshmen “ ,
Bishop Tuttle School
You will note that there was an increase in the
enrollment in the College Department, while that
in the High School, especially in the lower two
classes, showed a marked decline. In the interest
of economy and concentration of effort it has been
decided to discontinue the first two years of High
School and to emphasize the College Preparatory
features of the work in the upper two classes. In
connection with the College work several evening
classes were held for the benefit of teachers and
others desiring to pursue college studies, who ere
unable to attend the regular day session. This
plan was worked out with the approval and guid
ance of the State Educational authorities.
The great loss to St. Augustine’s thiough the
death of Bishop Cheshire can be referred to only
briefly in this report. Both the President and
the Key. Dr. Hunter, our Honorary President,
liave told in the Carolina Churchman something
of the splendid help given to the Institution by
Bishop Cheshire during the almost forty years
that he served as President of the Board o
During Lent a five-day mission with emphasis
on personal religion was conducted by the Ke'v.
George M. Plaskett of Orange, jSTew Jersey, a
graduate of St. Augustine’s and one of our trus
tees. On Tuesday of Holy Week Bishop Penick
visited us and confirmed a class of 15. On Easter
Day the Lenten offering for Missions was pre
sented. We were gratified to find it larger than
the one of last year.
On May 1st and 2d the Annual State Public
Welfare Institute for J^egro Social Service and
Relief Workers was held at the College. About
100 delegates attended from all parts of the State.
The usual St. Augustine’s Conference for Clergy
and Church Workers, including a Young people’s
Conference will be held June 5-9th.
The Crown and Scepter, a State wide society of
honor students in Negro High Schools, which is
being sponsored by the College, held its first gen
eral meeting on the campus early in May. The
delegates formed a permanent organization. It is
confidently expected that this move will have a
decided infiuence on the educational ideals of the
State High Schools.
During the year we have offered the facilities
of our library, especially our collection of
Theological books, to the ^J'egro Clergy of the
Province and some of the Lay Workers. So far
there has been some response to our offer. We
expect the response to increase as time goes on.
We were glad to include as one of the features
of the Commencement Season a lecture-recital by
Professor Frederick A. Koch, Kenan Professor of
Dramatic Literature of the University of North
Carolina. Professor Koch had previously in
vited our Dramatic Club to present a short play
at the Annual Festival of the Dramatic Clubs of
the Carolinas. With President Graham of the
L^niversity of North Carolina as our Commence
ment Speaker, and with Rev. Robert D. Brown,
of Pittsburgh, who has the distinction of being
the first member of his race to be chosen as Head
of the Urban League there, as our Baccalaureate
preacher, w^e have been fortunate in those who
have come to us from other places.
In spite of a greatly reduced appropriation
from the American Church Institute for Negroes,
and other financial difficulties there is no indebt
edness on the Institution and every effort is being
made to avoid incurring one. To aid in this ef
fort there will be a small increase in the College
tuition rates. Our budget is also materially re
duced. We are glad to note that the Diocese of
North Carolina has included an appropriation to
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