The Bronco, Yearbook of Hardin-Simmons University, 1935 Page: 41
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Senior Day Activities
THE Senior day was carried off in grand style this year on February 22, and the
day will be one that will always be remembered. For the second time in the lives of
these Seniors they were attired in the refinement of caps and gowns, that were bought
by the school this year. Everyone was present including the class president.
The processional started from Mr. Ford's room and was led down the aisles of
the auditorium to the platform where the class was seated. Mr. E. Edwin Young
played the music for the processional and the recessional.
The audience and the class joined in singing the Simmons Anthem after which
Frank Burress, class chaplain, gave the invocation.
MYRTLE EUGENIA HAGGARD, who was chosen as class historian, gave the high
points and the important events of the four unforgettable years the class spent together.
IVAN FLYNN, the prophet of the class, through the means of the Western Union,
read telegrams from all members of the class, telling of their future one score and
eight years after graduation.
WILLIAM EARL RAGSDALE, class poet, read a poem of his own composition
written for the Senior Class. The title of the poem was "Man Must Live His Life."
GLEN MCLAUGHLIN, elected class orator, delivered the oration. The subject for
his oration was "It's Patriotic to Be Political."
JAMES RODDEN played a special piano number, Prelude in G Minor by Rachmaninoff.
J. L. DESMOND, class president, presented the Senior gift. The gift this year
was new scenery and drops for the stage. Dr. J. D. Sandefer made the acceptance
speech in behalf of the school.
Following the recessional, the group marched in a body to a site between
Abilene hall and the tennis courts where the traditional tree planting ceremony
took place. The class wit and classic sayings were revealed by each senior by putting
a shovel of dirt on the tree.
The Round Table entertained the Seniors with a luncheon at the Wooten Hotel
with Mrs. J. D. Sandefer, president, as toastmistress.
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