288 History of Wake Forest College
justice and truth more than tricks and money, business men who find in business
means of serving others as well as themselves, and all the unclassified and unnamed
in whose lives and deeds this College has been projected till it has touched
thousands of lives and reached to the ends of the earth. . . . Until their individual
lives translate the Jesus of history into the Christ of their experience, this institution
shall remain a lighthouse along the way, a temple of humanity's hopes―an house
not made with hands.
The centennial celebration closed on Thursday morning, May 31,
1934, with the graduating exercises, the annual address by E. W.
Sikes, president of Clamson College, and the conferring of degrees
and the baccalaureate address by President Kitchin.
Dr. Sikes spoke on the topic, "Wake Forest and the Things of the
Spirit." The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina had always,
he said, placed the primacy on the things of the spirit, and the leader
in all the years, harmonizing and unifying the denomination, had been
Wake Forest College. The College had also led in fight for spiritual
and intellectual freedom. "This institution," he said, "has never been
afraid of things that are high nor things that are new. . . . Science was
an unwelcome waif left on the steps of many colleges, but Wake
Forest early invested in microscopes and erected a Science Building.
For a hundred years Wake Forest has not been required to sacrifice
education for indoctrination―not even for denominational propa-
ganda. The Baptist State Convention has never required of its college
the immolation of educational integrity; hence at the end of its century
it has in its college a dynamo charged with intellectural and spiritual
The number of graduates was 105; when they had received their
diplomas the College, on the centennial occasion much more boun-
teous than usual, did itself the honor of conferring more honorary
degrees than usual, eleven in all, nine of which were on her sons who
had shown their desert by high attainment, and two on former
professors in the College. 24
The honorary degrees were conferred as follows:
Doctor of Divinity: W. W. Barnes, professor of religious history, Southwestern
Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas; Trela D. Collins,
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