The Concord Daily Tribune, May 23, 1912, p. 1.
MEDALS AND DIPLOMAS ARE PRESENTED
Seven Graduates of the Seminary and Five of the Collegiate Institute. – Extensive Improvements to Be Made at the Institution – Both Schools Open September 17.
Mt. Pleasant, May 22. – The exercises this morning consisted of awarding diplomas, presentation of medals and announcements. After prayer by Rev. J. L. Morgan, of Raleigh, the medals were presented. There are now five gold medals given at the Institute, the fifth having been endowed by Rev. J. J. Long-the medal for proficiency in Greek. This medal was won by Mr. F. L. Harkey and was presented in a happy address by Mr. Long. In a brief address, fitting the occasion, Prof. G. F. McAllisted [McAllister] presented the orator’s medal to Mr. J. L. Yost; the debater’s medal to Mr. C. B. King; the declaimer’s medal to Mr. F. L. Broad, and the Ludwig Scholarship medal to Master C. Garver Jones, one of the smallest and youngest students in the Institute.
President J. H. C. Fisher presented the diplomas to the members of the graduating class of Mont Amoena Seminary. Misses Ethel Setzler, Helen Misenheimer, Vivian Misenheimer, Ruth Frey, Lettie Roody [Rhudy], Edna Brown and Mary Joyner are the class of 1912. President Fisher’s remarks on these occasions are ever timely and interesting, but never have they been more pretinent [pertinent] and proper than this morning.
Prof. McAllister presented the diplomas to the five young men, composing the graduating class of the Institute. They are Messrs. C. H. Crane, H. M. Faggart, H. E. Isenhour, J. L. Yost and F. L. Harkey. Prof. McAllister’s parting words to the class this morning will no doubt be long remembered by them, and will be treasured up as one of the bright hours of their lives.
In behalf of Mont Amoena Seminary, Prof. Fisher announced that the next session would begin September 17 in the new building, is possible, but if not in the new home, then in such quarters as may be provided. The architect will be here in a few days, and it is likely that the building committee will accept the plans which have been on exhibition in Cook & Foil’s window this week. A few changes may take place in the faculty of the institution which will be given at a later date.
Speaking for the Collegiate Institute, Prof. McAllister had some things to say with regard to the future. The board of trustees met yesterday, and made provision for extensive improvements to be made on the buildings and grounds during vacation. The decision to rebuild the Seminary here has put new life into the Collegiate Institute and is now expected to push forward more rapidly than it has yet been able to do. It is only a question of a short time until a new building will be erected on the campus to take the place of the one destroyed by fire a few years ago, and like the Seminary it will be far more imposing than the old one. the unsettled state of affairs existing for some time has retarded these advance steps, bu the institutions are now fixed, and both are going to be gainers through fire. It is perhaps not going out of the way to state just here the opinions we have heard expressed this week on the part of both ministers and laymen that the North Carolina Lutheran Synod is more united in the work of her educational institutions today than ever before, that there is a better understanding existing among all parties, which must result in great good for the schools.
The next session of the Institute will open September 17th. No changes of special importance will take place in the faculty, with the single exception of the commandant to succeed Capt. Cripps, resigned.
The benediction was pronounced by Rev. J. L. Morgan and the commencement of 1912 was history.