The Bakersfield Historical Society recently received a donation of a graduation program for the Brigham Academy Class of 1900, a twenty-three strong senior class. The elegant, textured cover program revealed the four day festivities started Sunday June 17 and ended after a late 10pm dinner on Wednesday.
The valedictorian that year was Florence Wells. Several students spoke, on topics including science, education and ‘foot ball’. The event started with a sermon, by then UVM President Mathew Buckham. Alumni and graduation exercises filled both Tuesday and Wednesday, into the evening hours. A final dinner was held at 10pm. The class motto was Latin for From possibility to actuality.
For context, in that same year the World’s Fair in Paris, France had wrapped up a few months prior and silent actor Charlie Chaplin was one year old. Actor Betty White would not be born for another 22 years. Google would be founded 98 years later.
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