ST. AUGUSTINE’S RECORD
Published bi-monthly during the College year at Raleigh, N. C.,
in the interest of
St. Augustine’s College, Rev. E. H. Goold, President
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THE 69TH COMMENCEMENT
Fifty-seven diploiims and certificates were
awarded at the 69th annual coniniencenient exer
cises at St. Augustine’s College JVIay 27th, as the
graduates listened to an address l)y Col. John W.
JIarrelson, dean of administration at North Caro
lina State College. A feature of the coninience
nient week activities was the celebration of the
fortieth year of service at the college of Dean
(’harles II. Boyer.
Colonel Harrelson, pointing out that in the
opinion of every generation the preceding genera
tion niade great mistakes, declared: “The genera
tion tiiat will follow you will charge that you
made mistakes, and the charges will he well
founded. The last generation was wrong in some
of its social and economic thinking, but not 100
])(>r cent wrong, as some charge. Tlie last genera
tion made great and heroic sacrifices in order that
their children might be better educated than they
were.” Progress in the future, he said, could be
made only by taking cognizance of the past.
Colonel Harrelson further counseled the graduates
not to avoid the difficult, but rather to plan far
ahead for what they would like to be, at thirty,
forty, fifty years of age, and work toward these
definite goals. 'I'lie necessity of making friends
and of thinking of the other man as they moved
forward in life, was stressed. “There are two
sides to every controversial question. Try to see
the other fellow’s side,” he advised.
Degrees and diiilomas were conferred by Presi
dent Edgar II. (Joold. Pisliop Edwin A. Penick,
and Rev. (ieorge AV. Plaskett, D.D., both members
of the Board of Trustees, took part in the i>ro-
Tlu‘ following ])rizcs were aw'arded bj^ the presi
dent: 'rh(> Dr. Milton A. Barber oratorical prize
to Wilhelmina Rolierts, ’37, of Columbia, S. C.
The Dr. E. (}. Bowden prize for excellence in the
natural sciences to Frank M. Stewart, ’!?7, of East
Orange, X. .1. The Rev. I). Leroy Ferguson prize
to tii(“ freshman making most im])rovenient dur
ing tlie year to Nannie B. Farrar, of Raleigh.
Tlie P>eta (nui])ter, Omega Psi Phi ])rize to the
man in the freshman class t)cst exem])lifying the
))rinci])les of that fraternity, to Christo])her Hunt,
of Raleigh. I'lie (^ueen Esther Stokes ]>rize for
the student in the graduating class of St. Agnes
IIos])ital who has served best all assignments, to
Katie W. Thonqison, of (Jreensboro. The Mrs.
Af. A. Caldwell choral club awards, for faithful
and outstanding musical performance, to Edward
N. Pitt, ’!!(), of New York (Hty; for the greatest
musical jjrogress, to Margaret B. Harris, ’38, of
Baltimore. The award for interest and excellence
in acting, to James E. Johnson, ’30, of Hot
Springs, Ark. The DuBignon prize for excellence
in expression, to Edward Roberts, ’38, of Salis
The Bachelor of Arts degree was conferred on
23 candidates, and the Bachelor of Science degree
on twelve. Eight received certificates of gradua
tion, and one the diploma (on completion of a
year’s employment) from the Bishop Tuttle
School of religious and social work. The senior
class of St. Agnes Training school has six mem
bers, and there were seven graduates from the
college preparatory department.
The fortieth anniversary of the service of Dean
Charles H. Boyer at St. Augustine’s College was
observed in a])propriate exercises at the local col
lege in connection with the 69tli commencement
activities. Dean Boyer began his work at St. Au
gustine’s College as teacher of mathematics and
(Jreek in the fall of 1896. For many years he
has been active in all the affaii’s of the school,
having served as the athletic coach and even play
ing on the teams in the earlier years.
Expressions of esteem and congratulations were
made by Dr. Edson E. Blackman, president of
the Alumni Association; Rev. George A. Fisher,
Dr. C. S. Brown, head of the Xegro Masons of
North Carolina; Rev. Charles Stewart, Rev. H. J.
C. Bowden, and the president of the college, Rev.
Edgar H. (Joold. Among the testimonials and
congratulations received hj' Prof. Boyer were two
from classmates at Yale; Canon Anson Phelps
Stokes of the National Cathedral, Washington,
and Dean Herbert Hawkes, of Columbia Univer
sity. A gold watch was presented by President
Goold on behalf of the college, with a letter from
Bishop Penick, who could not be j)resent. Other
gifts included a purse from the Alumni Associa
tion and a gold-headed cane from the staff of the
College, the Bishop Tuttle School, and St. Agnes
Clias. H. Boyer was born in Elkton, !Md., in
1869, the son of Edward and Indiana Clinton
Boyer. He was graduated from the Institute for
Colored Youth, Philadelphia, and the Hopkins
Grammar School in New Haven. He received the
A. B. degree from Yale University in 1896, and
the ^il. A. in 1915. Of his seven children, two
are teaching in tlie Raleigh public schools. One
son is on the faculty of St. Augustine’s, and one i=i
a State N.Y.A. official. The youngest was in this
year’s graduating class at St. Augustine’s.
Dean Boyer has won universal esteem of his
students, co-workers and associates by his faithful
ness, his scholarship, and his C^liristiau precejits
Honor graduates of the college were: Ellen R.
Allen, Philadelphia, Pa.; Edna E. Baker, New
Haven, Conn.; Gloria M. Corbett, Bronx, N. Y.;
'Wilma C. I.«vister, Rocky ilouiit, N. C., and
John L. Jones, Orange, N. J.