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June 10, 1890

After the customary soirée musicale on the evening of June 9th, Class Day for the Class of 1890 began in the Chapel where, according to The New York Times, “the colors of the Senior Class, olive and brown, were artistically placed.” Helene Bergman ’90 delivered the class oration and class historian Katharine Smith ’90 and class prophet Carrie Fox ’90 amused and enlightened classmates and their guests with their looks into the past and the future.

Led outdoors by the West Point Band, the seniors, juniors and invited guests proceeded to the class tree where Grace Roseburgh Kelly ’90 and Florence Halliday ’91 engaged in “pleasant sarcasm” as Matthew Vassar’s spade was passed from the seniors to the juniors. The afternoon activities concluded with the singing of the class song, composed by Harriet Haskens ’90.

Dancing and refreshments were enjoyed in the evening.

At their annual June meeting, the board of trustees elected S. D. Coykendall of Kingston and Rev. James M. Bruce to seats on the board left vacant by the deaths of Rezin A. Wright and the Rev. Dr. J. Ryland Kendrick. Dr. Kendrick served as acting president between the presidencies of Samuel Caldwell and James Monroe Taylor.

The New York Times

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