CLOSING EXERCISES STATE HOME
SCHOOL WEDNESDAY NIGHT
JUDGE J. PAT ALEXANDER DELIVERS ADDRESS TO NINETEEN GN GRADUATES
Commencement exercises for the
1928 class of the State Home high
school were held Wednesday night
in the auditorium at the institution
and were witnessed by a capacity
audience composed of students
of the home and friends of
the Institution and graduates.
The seniors ware escorted to the
stage by members of the junior
class as Mrs. Mamie Bande Forkel
played the processional march.
Rev. T. A, Bohannan,chaplain of
the home, gave the invocation.
In the salutatory address Mable
Moore expressed the gratitude of
the class to the faculty and to their
friends for the interest taken in
Arthur Herrell in the valedictory
address bade the Home farewell
for the class and also stated that
the class realized that their graduation
meant the commencement
of a great future. He said that
the class also realized that up to
their graduation their course had
been charted for them and that
they had been under the guidance
of the best of friends. Following
the graduation, he said, the class
would have to chart their own
course but be felt that they had
been well prepared.
J. Stanford Halley, superintendent
of the Home, introduced Judge
J, Pat Alexander of Waco, who delivered
the commencement address.
Judge Alexander is a teacher
of law in Baylor University.
Judge Delivers Address.
In addressing the class Judge
Alexander told them that they
had won their first victory und
were now just starting out in life; that their education was not finished but just started; that an education
did not merely mean the
assembling of statistics, but was a
preparation for life.
He then told the class that they
owed a responsibility to the state
for having brought to them the advantages
they had enjoyed and for
the preparation thus far for the
future. He told them that they
had been guided by their friends
to their graduation but that they
would now step out for themselves.
The speaker also told the class that
they should not expect an easy
time with no work, but to go out
prepared to take the advantages
of the opportunities offered and
make the best of them.
The state realizes that there
must be men and women to guide
its destinies so they offered youan opportunity to prepare for this
responsibility, the speaker told the
class, as he admonished them to be
loyal to their state and to shoulder
their part of the responsibilities.
Obligation to Society.
The obligation of the class to society
was discussed at length by
Mr. Alexander. He told them that
their obligations were not confined
to one little group but to the public
in general. There are other
things besides the government of
the state to be carried on, he said,
and_mentioned the church, the
charity organizations, the civic
organizations and others. These
must be carried on, he declared,
and added that the illiterate could
not do it so the responsibility rests
on your shoulders, he told the class.
He also admonished them not to
take an active part in these things
for any personal gain but for the
love of humanity.
Handicaps were discussed by
Judge Alexander, who told the
class that a handicap should be a
challenge to combat.
No man can really succeed in
life unless he takes God with him.
Judge Alexander said in his concluding
remarks and he urged every
member of the class to take their
place in the church and to let God
direct their lives. "You will be
shirking your duty if you do not,”
he told them.
E. L. Fletcher, principal of the
high school, delivered the diplomas
and praised every member of the
class in highest terms.
Special numbers on the program
included a selection by the girls
glee club and a quartet composed
of Maryland Hestilow, Robert
Knight, Jane McCown and Louise
Dublin. The recessional march
was played by Mrs. Mamie Baade
Forkel. Miss Hallic K. Sadler
played the accompaniment for the
glee club selection.
Following is the class roll: Robert
Knight, Louise Dublin. Jeanne
Mader, Roy Nelson, Glenn Locke.
Mabel Moore. Travis McCown. Mae
Owens. Roberta Earle. Grover
Miles. Maryland Hestilow, Howard
Harvie, Velma Suggs. George Haley,
Arthur Herrell. Jettie Hollingsworth,
Jane McCown. Janice Cannon
and Joseph W. Kilburn.
Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, June 28, 1928
Submitted by Diane Richards