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hundred years. As a public institution it has served the State in peace and in war; as
a child of the denomination it has repaid a thousand fold the pains and cost of her
birth and rearing. God's blessings have been upon the institution during the past
century. The new century finds her stronger and more ready to serve and achieve. In
all the next hundred years and forever may God bless Wake Forest College.
Next came the centennial sermon by Rev. J. Clyde Turner,
valedictorian of the class of 1899 and for a score of years pastor of the
First Baptist Church of Greensboro. His text was from the first two
verses of the twelfth chapter of Hebrews, and his thesis was that the
College and its alumni must continue to seek the guidance of Jesus.
Its nature is indicated by the following extracts:
Our Christian institutions look around at the others with all their glamour, and
forget that their glory lies, not in being like others, but different from others. A
Christian college is bigger than any system which mere man can devise. There is
danger in trying to mold our ideals in such systems. We are proud of our institution.
If it is to go on it must be because the leaders hold it to the ideals of Christ upon
which it was originally founded.
North Carolina Baptists must get up at 2:00 o'clock in the morning to see if the
stars still shine on Wake Forest. But the progress is going to come in reality only by
looking unto Jesus. He must be at the head of a great institution. He must be taught
in its schools. On this occasion I am persuaded that while this College was born of
the blood and tears of men, it was born of the spirit of Jesus. So as we stand looking
back on our 100 years of progress, surely it is Jesus to whom we should turn, and
through His power, His inspiration, and His guidance, attain even greater things.
On the next morning, Wednesday, May 30, at 10:30 o'clock the
centennial exercises were continued in the church, with A. D. Ward,
chairman of the centennial committee, presiding. At this time
greetings were brought by Governor E. B. Ehringhaus, by President
Frank Graham of the University of North Carolina, by President W. P.
Few of Duke University, by President Walter Lingle of Davidson
College, by Professor R. L. Moore of Mars Hill College. All the
greetings were warm in their appreciation
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