1928 State Home
Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas


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   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 them.
   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.

The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, June 28, 1928
Submitted by Diane Richards



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