276 History of Wake Forest College
While comparisons are not in the best of taste and superlatives are to be cautiously
employed, yet we incline to the opinion that none of the graduating classes has been
better represented on the platform by better speakers or more thoughtful speeches
than those of last Friday. Mr. W. B. Hampton, of Surry County, spoke on "The
Blending of the Sections"; Mr. J. J. Hayes, of Wilkes, on "The Demand for
Washingtonian Conservatism"; Mr. O. W. Henderson, of Baltimore, on "The
Majesty of Law"; Mr. W. H. Hipps, of Madison County, on "The Return of the
Sceptre"; Mr. E. E. White, of Cherokee, on "The Last of the Tribunes" (Grover
Cleveland); Mr. J. S. Martin, of Yadkin, on "The New North." For the first time the
A. D. Ward Medal was offered to the graduate delivering the best oration at
commencement. By decision of the judges-Dr. W. C. Tyree, Judge H. W. Baldwin,
and Dr. Oscar Haywood-the meda was awarded to Mr. Martin.
Every one of the above named speakers has served the world well
and won distinction by that service. And the same can be said of like
groups of graduating students who spoke at many other
commencements.
The commencements had their social features; in fact, for most of
the students these were the chief and most pleasurable part of the
occasions. Something has already been said of these occasions; a
somewhat more detailed account is given here. Every student received
from his Literary Society six tickets of invitation handsomely
engraved or printed according to the customs of the various years,
some of which he sent to his young lady friends, sometimes with the
expectation that they would come and be present from the first day
until the last. For as many as came he was expected to provide
entertainment and lodgings, and if he had not been too lavish with his
invitations he was usually able to do this without serious difficulty; it
was his further duty to provide escorts to all events for those who
came on his invitation. This too he was usually able to do, for many
of the young men not having lady friends coming on their invitation
were ready to come to his help; again, by a system of trading every
laddie had a lassie, and a different laddie and lassie for every event,
but it was his own choice lassie that the laddie who invited her took to
the final reception. It thus came about that
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