ST. AUGUSTINE’S RECORD
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St. Augustine’s CoHege, Rev, E. H. Goold, President
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THE SIXTY-EIGHTH COMMENCEMENT
In deliberate and impressive style lit. Ilev.
1‘liilip (Jook, I).I)., Jiishop of Delaware and Presi
dent of the A^'ational Council of the Protestant
E])iscopal (^huroh, addressed the graduates and a
large audience at the (iSth Annual Coniniencement
Exercises of St. Augustine’s College, May 20th.
llT. Ukv. Pini.ii- Cook, D.D.
Rislioi) Cook had as the theme of his address
tiie thre(^ ])rineipal motivating forces of life: “The
wage, the work, and the master.” Vocational op
portunity and a fair wage for those wdio are willing
to w'ork must he assured to guarantee the economic
i!i(liK*(Hl^rice due all those who merit it hy their
willignuess and ability to work. “No job is so
exalted that the question of the wage should not
enter in,” he said. “A^o one who must be a beggar
can command the res]iect ot the community.” An
adjustment of wage to job is necessary to bring
about justice in our twisted economic system, he
Hut the wage is not the only motive, nor the
chief one, the Bishop asserted. Quoting Ruskin,
]i(^ showed that the work itself should be a more
important driving force than the compensation.
There is some work, like teaching, the ministry,
nuMlicine, and social service, where it is recognized
that the joy of the work is higher compensation
than any wage. Bishop Cook warned the grad
uates that those who put the fee before the job
would better stay out of such vocations.
The highest motive. Bishop Cook concluded, is
loyalty to the master. Pointing out how great
leaders of men like Washington could ins])ire
loyalty, he closed with the tribute of H. (x. Wells
to the historical character, Jesus. Jesus, said
Wells, who is not a Christian, must be ranked as
the greatest character of all the ages, because he
stands iinique in the power to inspire loyalty and
devotion, century after century. Devotion to the
Master, Jesus Christ, is the greatest j)ossible moti
vating force in the life of the individual and the
world, the speaker said in conclusion.
Degrees and diplomas were conferred by Presi
dent Edgar H. Goold. Prizes were awarded as fol
lows: DuBignou Declamation Contest Banner, to
John S. Simpkins, of the junior college preparatory
class; Lewis Declamation Contest Banner, to Irene
S. Po])e, of the senior college prejiaratory class;
Dr. Milton A. Barber Oratorical Prize of ten dol
lars, to Mary Clifton, of the college junior class;
Beta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Award
of ten dollars to the freshman best exemplifying
the fraternity ideals, to Rufus Parrish, Jr.; Special
Dramatic Prize, to Fernando Oger, of the grad
uating class; Choral Club prizes: most improve
ment, to Wilma Levister; outstanding ])erform-
ances, to ^Matthew Jones. Special ]>rize offered
by Rev. I). L(>roy Ferguson for the student in
freslnnan English showing the most improvement
during the year, to Dorothy J. Bullock. Special
prize offered by Dr. Edward Bowden, for excel
lence in the natural sciences, to John Perry.
Rev. Robert W. Patton, D.D., director of the
American Church luspitute for Xegroes, j)atron
organization for Xegro Episcopal schools, was
])resent on the platform. Mrs. A. B. Hunter,
widow of the late honorary president, and herself
former head of St. Agnes Hospital, was in the
audience. The benediction was said by the Rt.
Jfev. Thomas C. Darst, D.D., Bishop of East Caro
lina. The ])resident of the Board of Trustees, Rt.
liev. Edwin A. Penick, D.D., J3ishop of North
Carolina, introduced the speaker, Bishop Cook,
who was his gxiest during the latter’s visit here.
The graduating class donated to the institution,
through the Alumni Association, a sum of money
to begin a student loan fund. The presentation
was made at the commencement exercises by Dr.
Edson E. Blackman, ’115, president of the Alumni