The following is transcription is of a draft of The President’s Address, written by Frances Christine Misenheimer for the graduation ceremony of Mont Amoena, 22 May 1926. The original hand-written document is in the Frances Misenheimer scrapbook, My Memories of School Days, at the Eastern Cabarrus Historical Society Museum in Mount Pleasant, NC.
The Presidents’ Address
Faculty, Students, Friends:
I, the president of the Senior Class, realizing that we have at last after many long and difficult lessons and various conflicting experiences, arrived at the goal of our undertaking and completed the course at Mont Amoena Seminary, do hereby name this the twenty second of May, nineteen hundred and twenty-six as the greatest day of all our student lives.
It is our year, our day. I do hereby proclaim it as a day to be set aside from all the rest for universal celebration in the making of speeches and the lifting aloft our voices in praise and jollification and the pouring forth of various yells and songs that the air may abound with the echoes of our tongues rejoicing.
I do likewise decree that the Principal and teachers of our school to whom we one and all feel so deeply and eternally indebted, shall be remembered in the pouring forth of our expressions of gratitude and that none of our parents or friends shall be forgotten in the returning of thanks for the privileges they have for so long placed so freely at our youthful disposal but that we shall with grateful and sincere hearts remember what cause we have to be grateful to each and every one for all these mercies.
And our Mt. Pleasant and M.P.C.I. friends – I would love to talk about you but here again there are only nice things to be said. How good you have been, how very good. The sweet cordial influence of the old town and college will spread with 1926 far over the land.
And to you, friends who have made all this achievement so beautifully possible for us we are indeed proud to ——– the words that carry with them from all the class a most cordial and grateful welcome.