Commencement Speech Includes Comical Characterization of Classmates

Commencement Ceremony

The July 1888 Dickinsonian discusses the occurrences and speeches given at the 105th commencement of the senior class. One of the speeches includes humorous and bogus gifts for each of the members of the senior class. For the women, such as Hildegarde Longsdorff, she would receive the gift of a ballot box for her "strong opinions on Woman's Suffrage." Another female classmate, Elizabeth Bender, would receive a marriage certificate because of what is in store for her future. And finally, Mary Curran would receive a set of small dishes that a professor would have bought while traveling in Europe.