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April 28, 2011

Commencement Events

Commencement is the capstone for the academic year. Students, faculty, and dignitaries arrayed in academic dress in convocation to confer degrees is the usual image of commencement. However, CWRU, throughout its long history, has hosted a range of social, performance, athletic, and ceremonial events as part of its commencement activities. The Hudson Relay itself began in order to fill an empty day during commencement week!

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Hudson Relay, 1911

150 years ago...

...at Western Reserve College commencement was held on Thursday, July 11, 1861. The Commencement Concert was the big event, performed the evening of July 11. The concert was given by the Handel Society, assisted by the College Orchestra and the Hudson Brass Band. The evening began with Captain Cole’s Quickstep and concluded with The Star Spangled Banner.

100 years ago...

...at Western Reserve University commencement was held on Thursday, June 15, 1911 at 10:30 a.m. However, commencement week activities began the preceding Saturday, June 10. The week’s activities included alumni class reunions, luncheons, meetings and the Alumni Parade; the performance of the Gilbert and Sullivan opera The Princess Ida by the Adelbert and College for Women Glee Clubs; the annual baccalaureate sermon was given by President Thwing; the second Hudson Relay race was run; the university trustees met; dedication of Amasa Stone Memorial Chapel was held; the cornerstone laying ceremony for the Flora Stone Mather Memorial Building took place. Annual meetings of Phi Beta Kappa and the Alpha Omega Alpha honorary medical society were held. There were sing-outs, breakfasts, dinners, receptions and a prom. Somehow the actual commencement convocation and university reception were fit in to the schedule. To start the cycle of university life again, entrance examinations for Adelbert College and the College for Women were held the following week (June 19-24).

...at Case School of Applied Science commencement was held Wednesday, May 29 at 10:00 a.m. Commencement week activities included Society of the Sigma Xi open meeting, annual trustee and faculty meeting, the Case-Reserve baseball game (which WRU won), fraternity receptions, the commencement reception, and the alumni meeting and banquet.

50 years ago...

...at Case Institute of Technology Senior Week activities began Thursday, June 8 with a dinner dance and ended Monday, June 12 with a date picnic. Other activities included a golf tournament, the annual stag picnic, fraternity open houses, and a beach party. (Case only started to admit women to the regular undergraduate program in 1960. Therefore, the class of 1961 was all male.) Commencement was held Tuesday, June 13.

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Case class of 1902 at 25th reunion, 1927

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