San Francisco Examiner, Thursday morning, May 18, 1899
State University Sends Its Thirtieth Educational
The thirtieth commencement exercises of the University of California were held yesterday in a huge tent on the Berkeley campus. The members of the graduating classes of the various department s were arranged about the platform on which were the members of the faculty and the University Regents. The immense crowd of spectators was too large for the tent, and they surrounded it in addition to filling it. Music was rendered by an orchestra under the direction of Henry Heyman.
Prayer was offered by the Rev. George B. Hatch.
President Martin Kellogg made a statement of the college affairs for the year. He said that there were 2,00 students in the university, 1,715 of them in the departments at Berkeley. The membership increase over ten years ago is 460 per cent. The number of yesterday's graduating students was 360.
Among the important gifts of the year the Menlo Park gift by Cora Jane Flood was related in detail. Some minor gifts were as follows:
H.P. Chandler, to the botanical department, 750 specimens of flowering plants; the E.P. Allis Company, Milwaukee, ore sample grinder; Mrs. Elise C. Hall, Santa Barbara, the extensive and valuable medical library of her deceased husband, Dr. Richard J. Hall; D. Henshaw Ward, seventy-four rare English volumes of last century; Mrs. Phebe A. Hearst, a collection of valuable architectural books; Mrs. Hannah Weill, Hebrew books for the Demitie collection; the Duc de Loubat, a valuable fac-simile of the Maya codex; F.W. Dohrmann, reports issued by the Italian School of Commerce at Venice; Lieutenant Calkins, U.S.A., seventy-one volumes from the Philippines.
The deficit of $47,000 considered unavoidable this year with the greatest economy was declared to call for endowments, and the alumni were urged to do all in their power to direct funds toward the university. Proposed retrenchment would only injure the university, in the President's view.
Addresses by graduating students were delivered as follows:
"Exituri Salutamus," George Elliott Ebright of the Medical Department; "Self-sacrifice and Self-Assertion," Rye Victor Nye; "The Duties of the Legal Profession in the Present Crisis," Adolph Leopold Well, Ph. B., of the Hastings College of the Law; "The Debt the Graduate of the University of California Owes to the State," Lily Hohfeld.
Miss Hohfeld was the class medalist, standing highest in scholarship.
President Kellogg conferred the degrees on the 360 young men and women in gowns and mortar-boards. Professor Frank Soule delivered the military commissions.
Benediction was pronounced by the Rev. Horatio Stebbins.
Visitors on the platform were Mrs. M. Stevens, President, and Miss Annie Gordon, Vice-President, of the National Women's Christian Temperance Union.
The Alumni Association held its annual reunion and luncheon in the Harmon Gymnasium at the close of the commencement exercises. The building was thronged. Lunch was served by the ladies of the Presbyterian Church, who took the contract for the purpose of raising Sunday-school funds, and the result was highly satisfactory to the alumni. Ferdinand Stark was the music director.
When the time for talking had arrived Professor William E. Ritter, '88, President of the Associated Alumni, delivered an address of welcome, expressing much satisfaction that so many of the alumni were present at "the college family table." He said that the affairs of the university and that the affairs of the Berkeley alma mater were the affairs of the still more dearly beloved State.
President Martin Kellogg, speaking from "The Faculty Point of View," objected to the word "venerable," which had ben applied to him by Toastmaster Ritter. "It doesn't fit a young man," he said, "and I do not deserve it. I am expected to speak of the way in which the faculty looks at things. I would rather talk of the way that other people look at the faculty…I think it is the sentiment in this State that a man does not need to be fitted for an office; that if he gets the office he is all right."
Then the President spoke of the large amount of labor that every college professor has been required to put into his preparation for the college occupation, when "he might have been making money." If a college professor had become a lawyer he might now be making $50,000 a year. The college professor is encouraged to "go on and study" and support himself in such places as these. The professors were declared worthy of better incomes than the "petty salaries" they obtain-incomes that would be indications of better feeling toward them.
Professor John Dewey, the Howison of Chicago, spoke briefly. He strictly avoided philosophy. His subject was "Recent Developments in Higher Education," but instead of discussing that he told a few stories in after-dinner style and paid compliments to the California instructors.
"Thirty Years in the Vineyard" was Professor Frank Soule's topic. "Though I have been thirty years in the vineyard," he began, "I don't want to be considered 'The Man with the Hoe'."
He told of the first faculty meeting that was held at Oakland, "around a little green table." When this reference caused laughter he repeated that it was a round table and that it was green. Then the professor recalled the days in old College Hall, when there were sixty-five students, and from that he carried his reminiscences up through all the college growth. "The hegira to the wilderness of Berkeley" and the journeyings of the old bobtail horsecar were among the recollections.
"The greater university of the future will be as much greater than the present university," concluded this speaker, "as the university of to-day is greater than the university of thirty years ago. I believe it will be one of the greatest universities of the world."
Captain E.A. Selfridge Jr., '94, was a California University representative at the battle of San Juan Hill in Cuba, and he was called to respond to the toast "The Student and the Flag." He spoke of the large number of distinguished college men in the Cuban war. Regiments officered by college men went forward to battle in as fine form as the battalion on the university campus, he said.
Mrs. Alexander F. Morrison, '78, spoke on "Coeducation Then and Now." She expressed gladness that under the charter by which the University of California was founded there can never be any limitation placed on the college education of women, and she hoped that the day was not far distant when women would be given a place in the faculty.
Dr. James F. McCone, '92, was called for the toast "The Medical Alumni." He said that what San Francisco lacked in medical work was "an atmosphere of medical study."
Alice Edwards Pratt, '81, responded to "Higher Levels."
The closing seaker was H.A. Overstreet, '99, who discussed the graduating class under the title "The Latest Out." His was one of the most entertaining and interesting addresses of the day.
The closing event in the commencement week was President Martin Kellogg's reception to the graduating class. This reception was held yesterday evening at the Kellogg residence on Bushnell place. It marked the close of Professor Kellogg's career as President as well as the going of the class of '99 out into the world. The entire faculty and nearly all the new graduates were present.
The graduating class of the medical department of the University of California gave a banquet at the Palace last night. The members of the Alumni Association and faculty were also present. An elaborate menu was served. Dr. R. Beverly Cole and others made short addresses.
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