July 14th, 1864

January 3, 2008

Breakfast very early. Meeting of the Board at eight to pass on the A.B’s and some other matters. Prayers in Chapel at 9:15 and the Bishop pronounced the Benediction. We immediately moved to Linden Hall, Dr. Towler acting as marshal. Everything passed off finely. The speaking was unusually good and much praised. The salutatory by Lockwood and the valedictory by Jacobus, in particular, were the objects of the highest praise. Each in its way was the best I have ever heard here, or remember to have heard elsewhere. The Syracuse band played. Governor Hunt read the report of the Committee on the speaking yester. We got out about half past one and dined at the Veazey House at half past three (promised at three) – a very fair dinner. I presided. A.C. Powell spoke for Alma Mater, Judge Dusinberre and Rev. John Brainard to “Sister Colleges.” Mr. Neely was called out as the retiring Chaplain, and Prof. Russell as a new-comer. Vail spoke for the “Press”. We had a fully attended levee at our house till eleven, followed by the Commencement Ball.

So ends Commencement!

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