War and Its Aftermath 15
not because of dissatisfaction with the college and its facilities but
because space had become available at the Indiana base, the tradi-
tional site of finance training.
On departure the commanding officer, Lt. Col. A. E. R. Howarth,
addressed a letter to the students who had been inconvenienced:
I desire to express to the students of Wake Forest College … the sincere
appreciation of the entire personnel of the Wake Forest College Section,
AFS, for the splendid cooperation they have shown the school during its
stay at Wake Forest.
In taking over so many of your facilities we have caused curtailment of
many of your customary activities. Through all of these inconveniences
you have maintained the most friendly relations with our personnel and
have assisted us in every way possible to fulfill our mission here. As we
prepare to leave your pleasant campus you may be sure that none of us will
ever forget the warm welcome we have found here.
During its encampment at Wake Forest the Finance School had
graduated sixteen classes.
Some of the buildings, in particular the dormitories, had had
extensive renovations to prepare them for use by the army. Work
began immediately to reconvert them to student use. One happy
result of the contract with the army was that Wake Forest went into
the last days of the war with a $200,000 surplus in its treasury.
The 1945 spring holidays, which had been scheduled to begin
April I, were cancelled when the government requested that all un-
necessary travel be curtailed. All movement of fifty or more persons
was controlled by the Office of Defense Transportation. When the
college applied for a permit to hold graduation exercises at the end
of May, the ODT stipulated that all students and parents should be
told that out-of-town attendance would not be possible. Invitations
were not to be mailed out in advance, attendance of honored guests
was to be minimized, and honorary degrees were to be awarded in
absentia. Traditional festivities such as alumni reunions were
Before those exercises could be held, however, there was a pre-
mature rumor of victory in Europe. On May 7, a Monday, the col-
lege bell rang excitedly at Io:Io A.M. and students filed toward
chapel. They were joined by townsmen who had closed shops to