24 June 2012
Program. Includes lyrics to the class song, “Marching Along.” “[I]nvitations to be present were sent to about three hundred or four hundred of our most refined citizens, and with few exceptions they all attended the celebration. . . . [There was a] fine band that supplied the music. . . .
[The verse and chorus of “Marching Along.”] There were about a dozen more verses of this song, all equal to the one given above, and sung very well, by the class. . . .
These exercises were succeeded by terpsichorean performances, which were kept up with considerable grace and spirit till an advanced hour of the evening.”
“Between each of these [orations], agreeable music was given by Helmsmuller’s Band. A class song was sung, a smoking song, one or two other songs, and at last a parting song, all spiritedly given by the class. . . .
During a brief interruption or two caused by small spurts of rain, dancing in the college class rooms was found an eminently practicable substitute for oratory and music. A bevy of very lovely young ladies—and some extremely pleasant looking older ones, too—were present as friends of the departing class; and if the young gentlemen have as good taste in selecting professions as in selecting female friends, their success in life is sure.”