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by the hymn, "0 God, Our Help in Ages Past." President Poteat made
a brief statement of the progress of the College in the seventy-five
years of its history. Dr. Charles E. Taylor spoke on "The Times and
the Men," of 1834; Dr. E. W. Sikes spoke on "The Genesis of Wake
Congratulatory addresses were made by President
R. T. Vann of the Baptist University for Women (Meredith College),
Dr. Collier Cobb of the University of North Carolina, and by Hight C.
Moore for the alumni. After the singing of the college hymn, "God
Bless Wake Forest Dear," the concluding prayer was led by Dr. H. W.
Battle of Kinston. At 8:00 o'clock in the evening an educational
address was made by President W. H. P. Faunce of Brown University.
His general theme was the influence of the Christian school upon
society and the church. It had not been reduced to manuscript and was
not published. In addition to these mentioned above the celebration
was attended by many distinguished visitors, and a large number of
congratulatory letters were received from institutions and individuals
throughout the country.
Ten years before the centennial the faculty had a sense of its
approach which they manifested in a statement made by a committee
and presented to the Trustees at their meeting in May, 1924:
quickened by the near completion of a hundred years of service of the
College they had high ideals for it, and would like to see it the best
liberal arts college in the State, with approved subjects taught by the
best teachers available; the College must increase its endowment, its
equipment and accommodations as the number of students increase; it
must continue to serve the denomination 22
As the centennial anniversary drew near the making of a program
was committed to a joint committee of Trustees and faculty whose
chairman was A. D. Ward. This committee adopted the principle that
so far as possible all the events of the commencement week of 1934
should be made to contribute
21 Both of these addresses were printed in the Bulletin of Wake Forest College,
22 Bulletin of Wake Forest College.