The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, NC), May 24, 1927, p.2.

Prominent Speakers Heard at Several Schools During Commencements.

Special to the Charlotte Observer
CONCORD, May 23. – Three baccalaureate sermons, two in Concocrd and one in Mt. Pleasant, attracted hundreds of Cabarrus county church goers. The sermons delivered here were before graduates of the Concord high school and the Laura Sunderland Memorial school and the one in Mt. Pleasant before the graduates of Mt. Pleasant Collegiate Institute and Mont Amoena Seminary.

Dr. J. T. Huddle, pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran church, of Washington, D. C., delivered the sermon in Mt. Pleasant discussing “Life” from the text, “I am come that ye might have life and have it more abundantly.” He was heard by a congregation that filled the auditorium.

Rev. C. Herman Trueblood, pastor of the First Baptist church here, preached the sermon to the high school graduates. The school auditorium was taxed to capacity. Dr. J. C. Rowan, pastor of the First Presbyterian church, delivered the sermon for the Sunderland graduates.

Rev. George H. Rhodes, pastor of the First Lutheran church, of Albemarle, was heard by another large audience in Mt. Pleasant when he spoke before the Y. M. C. A. of the Institute and the Y. W. C. A. of the seminary.

The commencement at Mt. Pleasant began Friday night when a reception was held for the students of the Lutheran institutions. The program was continued Saturday when class exercises were held for the graduating classes. At this exercise the program consisted of the reading of the class poem and prophesies and the rendition of a musical number by members of the music department of the seminary.

Unusual interest is attached to Sunderland commencement this year because of a recent announcement by the Home Mission board of the Northern Presbyterian church that the school would be discontinued after the session. Alumnae have been urged to attend the exercises and attendance has been unusually large.

Tonight the class play was given with the final program set for Tuesday afternoon. Certificates of graduation will be presented at that time.

At Mt. Pleasant this morning the declamation contest was held and this afternoon the alumni address was delivered by Prof. J. M. Blume, of the class of ’17.