North Carolina Newspapers

    The Elon College Weekly
VOL. 1. New Series
And Elon College, N. C.
NO. 16
At I 1:30 Suncky morning. May 29,
Rev. A. W. Lightbourne, Ph. D., pas
tor of the People’s Christian church,
Dover, Delaware, delivered a most pro
pretty well filled the auditorium, when found and inspiring Baccalaureate Sermon
The Nineteenth Commencement.
The nineteenth annual commencement
of the College began with the Class-
Day Exercises Saturday evening, May
28. At eight o’clock, the audience,
larger than on former occasions, had
the class of eleven, seven young men and
four young ladies, all in impressive
academic caps and gowns, marched in,
amid hearty cheers, and took their posi
tions on the rostrum.
program, was absent on account of sick
ness. AH other parts of the program
were carried out with such perfection as
to reflect great credit upon the performers
and singers, and incidentally upon the
Deparlment of Music, which has won
and held the confidence of a large patron
age. The excellent order of the audience
and the hearty applause after each part,
more prolonged in some cases than in
others, was pretty conclusive proof that
the concert was genuinely appreciated
from the text taken from the Book of Job
— " Teach me the things I cannot see."
Dr. Lightbourne had a magnificent audi
ence, whose attention was riveted upon and enjoyed throughout,
this masterful gospel speaker throughout
Miss Macie Farmer rendered a piano the hour. There was a sympathetic still-
solo. Mr. C. C. Fonville welcomed the ness in the audience that proves stronger
audience in a delightful speech. The than any word of description the rapt
class history was then read clearly attention of his heaters. The music at
and distinctly by Miss Nannie Emma this service was as inspiring as the great
Farmer. Mr. Alonzo C. Hall followed sermon, the solo rendered by Miss
with the class poern, which is published Clements being especially remarked upon , commence-
in this issue of The Weekly. The by music lovers. crowds could scarcely more . \/r i j
prophecy, which was read by Mis* Dr. Lightbourne has partially promised two-thirds be seated even in the ante-
ginia ; Nannie Emma Farmer, Virginia ;
Macie Virginia Farmer, with high honor,
Virginia; Claude Cleveland Fonville,
with honor. North Carolina.
Master of Arts—Henry Milton Loy,
Ph. B., North Carolina ; William Thomas
Walters, A. B., Virginia.
Certificates in Music—William Wytch
Elder, Voice, Alabama; William Frank
lin Warren, Voice, North Carolina.
Certificate in Art—Martha Annie
W'atson, North Carolina.
Certificate in English—Bettie Aliena
Stephenson, Alabama.
Doctor of Divinity—Rev. J. F. Mc-
Culloch, Ph. D., Editor of Our Church
Record, Greensboro, N. C.; Rev. A.
The chief event of commenceinent ^ y htbourne. Ph. D., Pastor Peoples
week- the Graduatrng - ook Dehy.:re.
place at 11:30 o clock Wednesday
morning, June is exercise w Cg^ig,. Class in an appropriate, happy ad
dress, by Rev. H. L. Elderdice, West-
Made Virginia Farmer, gave visions of to visit the college next winter and give
the class in various walks of life and in a course of lectures.
various degrees of success. Her paper
more than once raised laughter and ap
plause. The song, Co-ca-che-lunk, was
well rendered. Following, was the
presentation oration, one of the most en”
joyed parts of the program. T his was
delivered by .Mr. Alonzo C. Hall. The
rooms. Need of a larger auditorium for
commencement is becoming more and
more evident. The academic procession
began forming at the President’s office at
1 1 o’clock and was in the following or- _ ~-r-
Monday evening at 8 o'clock, repre- der: Board of Trustees, graduates and Schools in Wake county,
sentatives firom the three literary societies those to receive certificates, those to take Barney won two of these
Five gold medals vs ere awarded to
members of the Senior Class, and were
delivered in a felicitous speech by Prof.
Z. V. Judd, Superintendent of Public
Mr. J. W.
-the Thesis
delivered orations and read essays. The part on the pro^am, the faculty, and medal, the munificence of Dr. R. M.
following is the list of speakers and their alumni, there being a large number of Morrow, Burlington, N. C., and the
mementoes presented to each tnember of gyj^jgcts : Mr. Edgar Thurman Hines, these, making altogether a long and im- Long memorial medal, given to that mem-
the class varied from a stick or chewing phjlologian, " Our New Citizenship." posing procession as they filed into the 1,^^ of the class who makes the highest
Psiphelian, auditorium. average in scholarship.
In'ellectual Rev. J. O. Atkinson, D. D., led in 1 he Stanford Orator’s medal, awarded
prayer. The Graduating Class of eleven on commencement day to that young man
gum presented to Mr. J. W. Barney as
an alleged aid to him in discovering the
law of perpetual motion, to a base
ball bat presented to Mr. W. W.
Elder, the ball player of the class, and
from rt pair of tiny, gay socks presented
to Mr. C. C. Fonville because he was
accused of liking such gay apparel, to a
bridal veil presented to Miss Macie
Farmer, whose mind, the orator evidently
thought, had been running in this direc
tion. If Mr. Hall’s audience counted his
Miss Bessie McPherson,
" The Conservatism of Our
Resources." Mr. Jennings Sipe Lin
coln, Clio, "The Unfinished Voyage."
Mr. Marvin Walton .McPherson, Philo-
logian, Flowers." Miss Beulah Fran
cis Foster, Psiphelian, " The Old Domin
ion’s Harvest of Eooks for the Year
1909. " Mr. Rosser Loy Walker, Clio,
" Dives and Lazarus. "
The program was effectually carried
presentation oration happy and amusing
with a bit of severity in presenting Miss
Farmer with the bridal veil, they thought research, were interspersed
the speech of Mr. J. W. Barney no less College Orchestra,
happy in presenting Mr. Hall a mar
riage license, which the speaker thought
might be desirable to go with the bridal
veil. The last will and testament of the
class was much enjoyed, as read by Mr.
W. W. Elder.
The mantle of the class was ^fien
was represented by four orators and two gf the Graduating Class who makes ;the
essayists. The Salutatory was delivered jjgst oration, was won by Mr. Leon E.
by Mr. W. F. Warren, of Prospect Hill, Smith.
N. C. His subject was " Goldsmiths or "[ he Moffitt medal, given to that young
Soul-smiths—Which Miss Carrie lady of the Graduating Cl ass who presents
Hubbard Boyd, News Ferry, Va., read the best essay, was awarded to Miss Car-
an essay on " The Silences. " Following, ng Hubbard Boyd.
Mr. A. Liggette Lincoln, of Lacey s The J. W. Wellons Scholarship medal,
out. Rev. M. L. Bryant, of Norfolk, led Springs, Va., delivered an oration on awarded to that student of the college
in prayer at the opening, and the orations " The Incoming Tide. " Then came making the highest average scholarship
and essays, all of which showed thought Mr. Leon E. Smith, of La Grange, Ga., during the year, was won by Mr. W. F.
with who spoke on the subject, " Unguarded Warren, his average bemg 97.5.
Following this oration was an
At 1 1 o’clock 1 uesday morning, the
Literary Address was delivered by Rev.
Daniel Albright Long, D. D., L.L. D.,
of Graham, N. C. Rev. W. T. Wal
ters, A. M., of Winchester, Va., led in
presented to the Junior Class in a fitting prayer, and Rev. W. C. Wicker, A. M.,
oration by Mr. C. C. Fonville. When Ljtt. D., introduced the speaker. Dr.
essay by Miss Nannie Baker Farmer, of
News Ferry, Va. Her subject was
" The Impassable Gulf. " The Veiledic-
tory by Mr. J. W. Barney, of Clearville,
Pa., closed this part of the program. Mr.
Barney’s subject was " Lest We Forget."
In the absence of President E. L. Mof
fitt, who, to the regret of all friends of the
college, is still too sick to be brought baclf
From 4 to 6 o’clock in the afternoon
the Art Department gave an exhibit of
upwards of 150 paintings done during
the year, which were admired by a great
many visitors. The exhibit made a fine
impression for the department.
At the business session of the Alumni
he called for some.member of the Junior Long's subject was "The Influence of from the hospital, where he has been for Association it was found that nearly
Class to come forward, Mr. Arriold Hall the Bible as Literature." His extensive more than a month, the diplomas and cer- enough funds had been secured to yield
came upon the rostrum, and with fitting scholarship and versadity in the field of tificates were delivered by Rev. Dr. W. annually the $50.00 for the scholarship
words and impressive bearing, received
the mantle of Seniority thus handed down
to his class. The program closed with
the class song, " Loyalty. "
This class, individually and collectively,
makes a good impression, and they are
young people of high culture, noble
ideals and excellent habits.
After the completion of the program
the class, through their president, Mr. L.
E. Smith, of La Grange, Georgia, pre
both ancient and modem liteiature, and Staley, Chairman of the Board of voted a year ago to be established, and
his familiarity with science, philosophy Trustees. it was ordered that this scholarship be
and law, coupled with his superior gifts as DEGREES awarded at the present commencement
an orator, stood Dr. Long in such stead wr n- d known as the Alumni Junior
as to make his address, setting the Bible of Arts 'John Willis Barney, Scholarship. It was voted also to trans-
like a precious gem, as he did, in the with highest honor, r'eniisylvania; Wil- ^ | QO.OO from the alumni treasury to
midst of all, one of the ablest and most liam Wytch Elder, with high honor Ala-
leamed ever delivered here. bama ; Alonzo Cleveland Hall, with high
honor. North Carolina ; Asa Liggette Lin-
THE ANNUAL CONCERT. (.oln_ ^vith high honor, Virginia; Leon
Tuesday evening at 8 o’clock, the Edgar Smith, wfith high honor, Geor-
sented the college with a handsome auditorium was crowded to the capacity gia; William Franklin Warren, wi5h
drugget and rugs for the rostrum. The of the standing room even, by music lov- highest honor. North Carolina,
gift was accepted on behalf of the col- ers. The program was exceedingly v/ell Bachelor of Philosophy Carrie Hub-
lege by Professor W. A. Harper, acting rendered and was of a high order. Miss bard Boyd, with high honor, Virginia;;
Dean, in an appropriate speech. Ethel Du Rant, to take first place on the Nannie Baker Farmer, with honor, Vir- |
the scholarship fund.
The following officers were elected
President, Professor W. C. Wicker
Vice-President, Rev. C. E. Newman
Secretary, Mrs. W. A. Harper; Treas
urer, Mrs. W. P. Lawrence.
At the close of the Graduating Exer
cises the President of the Association an-
(Continued on page four.)

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