278 History of Wake Forest College
in the mornings before the 11:00 o'clock exercises under the oaks in
the Campus, with the hearers ranged around standing or seated on
benches, and among these were all the little girls in their new summer
dresses as bright as the sunshine that made its way through the leafy
oaks, and as happy as larks. The band was at its best, however, at the
concert on the evening of the graduation day, in Wingate Memorial
Hall, in which for two hours they rendered their best prepared pieces,
many of which, as suited the occasion, were of a soft and somewhat
voluptuous nature. It was the hour of love, and the music was in
accord.
About 1905, with the change in the commencement program, and
the day of glee club and college orchestras, the Richmond band
ceased to make the music. For a quarter of a century it had been
coming to Wake Forest and it had won a place in the affections of
Wake Forest people, and it was said that the older members of the
band loved the College and liked to come on their yearly visits. In
1903, the leader of the band at that time, Captain Pullen, made the
first cash contribution, five dollars, for the construction of the Alumni
Building.
Including the commencements from 1868 to 1913 the final event of
commencement was the informal reception by the Literary Societies;
beginning with 1914 and ending with 1933 this reception was on the
night preceding the graduating exercises; after this it was
discontinued. The following account refers more particularly to the
years 1868-1913.
From the first until well after the opening of the new century, in the
days in which the Literary Societies were in their flower, this
reception was the great event of the commencement week. The
students almost to a man remained for it and so did their lady friends.
"On Thursday evening," says the reporter for the Biblical Recorder of
the commencement of 1879, "the young people took possession of the
halls and grounds." But not all were young; there were some older
men and women among them, married and unmarried, both in the
early years and the later. "At 8:00 p.m.," says editor Jack Mills in the
Biblical Recorder report of the commencement of 1871, "the halls,
the long passages
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