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NUMBER 57. ATLANTA, GEORGIA. JUNE, 1894. THE BULLETIN OF ATLANTA UNIVERSITY ATLANTA, GA., JUNE, 1894. Issued monthly during term time from the University Printing Office. Entered at the Atlanta, Ga., Post Office as second class mail matter. Subscriptions at 50 cents a year may be sent to the treasurer of Atlanta University, Atlanta, Ga. Advertisements $1 an inch for first insertion, 50 cents each subsequent insertion. This June number of the Bulletin, ac- cording to our custom, has been held back so that all donations up to the end of our fiscal year might be acknowledged. The next number to be issued will be in October, at the beginning of the next term. The Atlanta University Quartette is meeting with great acceptance in giving concerts in New England, in numerous places being asked to return later in the season. Arrangements are in charge of Mr. Thomas N. Chase, whose address is Bellows Falls, Vt., and who may be applied to for engagements. COMMENCEMENT. Atlanta University has celebrated its twenty-fifth year with more than usually interesting and brilliant anniversary exercises. The baccalaureate sermon was preached on Sunday May 27 by Rev. Daniel Merriman, D. D., of Worcester, Mass., of the Board of Trustees, from Philippians iv, 8, " Think on these things," and set forth the duty of moral thoughtfulness with great felicity and power. The sermon was listened to with great appreciation by an audience that filled the chapel to its utmost capacity. Examinations were held on Monday, according to the program published in the May Bulletin, the examination of the Senior Normal class only being reserved for Tuesday forenoon. Monday evening, the Quiz Club Prize Oratorical Contest attracted a very large and eagerly interested audience. The orations were of a high order of merit. The first prize of $30 was awarded to George A. Towns of '94, two second prizes of $20 each went to James W. Johnson and James T. Hodges of '94, and two third prizes of $10 each to Benjamin F. Allen of '94 and Albert B. Cooper of '96. Two other members of the class of '94 would have been candidates for the third prize but were excluded from the award by a rule governing the competition, that the third prizes are open only to those who have not previously won a prize. A special prize of $10 was also awarded for the best essay by a girl to Miss Georgia L. Palmer of the class of '95. This prize was offered by a lady through the Quiz Club of Boston, Mass., the givers of the prizes which take their name. Tuesday was given to the examination and graduating exercises of the Senior Normal class. The forenoon was occupied by an exhibition of practical work in teaching, each girl in turn conducting the exercise, followed by an examination and practical work in nurse training. Tuesday night the graduating exercises of the class were held. The chapel was again more than crowded, all standing room being taken, and many being unable to find admittance. Sixteen young women delivered creditable essays, interspersed with excellent musical selections, both instrumental and vocal. On Wednesday occurred the annual promotions, with addresses by trustees and visitors, followed by inspection of the industries. Classes illustrated the ordinary work in printing, carpentry, turning, drawing, and forging; while a large variety of finished products of workmanship in the shape of useful and ornamental articles in iron, wood, and cloth, together with a large display of architectural and mechanical drawing, gave evidence of efficient work during the year. In the afternoon, the annual meeting of the Trustees was held, at which Hon. John L. Hopkins of Atlanta was elected as a new member to the Board which is now constituted as follows : Pres. Horace Bumstead, D. D. of Atlanta, Ga., ex officio ; Rev. C. L. Woodworth, D. D. of Amherst, Mass. ; Rev. Joseph E.. Smith of Chattanooga, Tenn. ; Hon. Rufus B. Bullock of Atlanta, Ga. ; Rev. Lewellyn Pratt, D. D. of Norwich, Ct. ; Mr. Hugh Young of New York, N. Y.; Mr. Richard R. Wright, A. M. of Savannah, Ga. ; Mr. Atwood Collins, A. B. of Hartford, Ct. : Rev. Edgar J. Penney, A. M. of Tuskegee, Ala. ; Rev Joseph H. Twichell, A. M. of Hartford, Ct. ; Mr. Thomas N. Chase, A. M. of Washington, D. C. ; Rev. Daniel Merriman, D. D. of Worcester, Mass. ; Rev. Henry A. Stimson, D. D. New York. N. Y. ; Rev. A. H. Bradford, D. D. of Montclair, N. J. ; Hon. John L. Hopkins of Atlanta, Ga. ; Rev. James W. Cooper, D. D. of New Britain, Ct. ; Rev. L. B. Maxwell, A. B. of Savannah, Ga. On Thursday, at 10 a. m., came the graduating exercises of the College, at which seven young men delivered orations. Rev. Simeon Gilbert, D. D., of the Advance, delivered an address commemorative of the twenty-fifth anniversary which is given in full elsewhere. It was received with warm appreciation by the audience. The appreciation seems to have been mutual as Dr. Gilbert, in a letter to the Advance, says : " All in all, in respect of manliness and excellence of thought, diction, style, manner, delivery, these seven orations would have commanded special admiration before any commencement audience in the land ; not at all because they were given by colored young men, but rather because their performance made one forget all about any other distinctions except the one distinction of their scholarly excellence." At the conclusion of Dr. Gilbert's address diplomas were given to the members of the graduating normal and college classes by President Bumstead, twenty-three in all. The degree of Master of Arts was conferred upon Mr. Henry L. Walker, class of 1884, Principal of Ware High School, Augusta, Ga. ; Mr. Lewis Sherman Clark, of the class of 1887, Principal of the Knox Institute, Athens, Ga. ; and Mr. Silas X. Floyd, Editor of the Sentinel, Augusta, Ga., and teacher in the public schools of that city. Before the close of the exercises the president made an announcement that was received with painful interest by the audience. It was to the effect that, in view of the uncertainty of the times and the already heavy obligations of the University, the trustees had decided to make certain readjustments and changes of work which would involve the cutting off the work of the Grammar school course below the first (highest) grade, and also the suspension of the industrial work for next year unless special donations for its support should be made during the summer. In consequence of President Bumstead's announcement, steps were taken by the graduates to rally around their Alma Mater. At the Alumni meeting in the afternoon a movement was initiated to enlist the, continuous support of all graduates. At the Presi- dent's reception in . the evening it was announced, on behalf of the graduating college class, that it would undertake to establish, as soon as possible, a scholarship of $1000; and the graduating normal class made a gen- eral pledge of money to be paid at the next commencement.
|Title||The bulletin of Atlanta University, 1894 no. 57|
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|Description||The bulletin of Atlanta University was a publication sent to faculty, friends and alumni of the institution; Telling of the institution's progress and present needs. This issue is June 1894, no. 57.|
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