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century with the change in social conditions the reports of these
receptions become more and more sophisticated and less sincere,
indicating that their character was changing. With the introduction of
fraternities into the college in 1922 most of the young men who
became members of them turned to other forms of social diversion at
the commencement seasons. At the same time the Societies became
relatively weak, and provision for the commencement receptions
became the responsibility of the faculty rather than of the Societies.
The Society halls which had been adequate when the College had no
more than 200 students had long been too small for the occasion. The
discontinuance of the concerts by the Richmond band also detracted
from the interest and pleasure of the reception. Furthermore the
shorter commencement period of recent years has left no place for it
on the program.
THE CENTENNIAL COMMENCEMENT, 1934
The centennial anniversary of the opening of the institution came
on February 3, 1934. Regularly this would have been the date of the
celebration, but it was thought better to defer it until the
commencement and devote not one but several days to the exercises.
We have seen above that the College had a celebration at its semi-
centennial. It also had a celebration on its seventy-fifth anniversary,
of which something may be said here. This was observed on February
11, 1909, the day before Anniversary, the regular college exercises
being suspended. The following account of the exercises is taken with
slight change and abridgement from the Wake Forest Bulletin, III,
219f:
At 12:00 o'clock the academic procession preceded by the College
Glee Club singing as a processional "God Bless Wake Forest Dear,"
marched into Memorial Hall, the president and speakers, the members
of the faculty and members of the Board of Trustees, representatives
of other colleges, alumni, distinguished visitors, and the students
grouped by classes. Rev. J. D. Hufham, D.D., of the class of 1856, led
the invocation, which was followed
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