24 June, 1916 Cleveland Gazette--Xenia, Ohio
Wilberforce graduates Eighty-five:
President W. O. Thompson of Ohio State University delivered the commencement address and he walked with President Scarborough of Wilberforce, at the head of the academic procession which formed at the library and marched to Galloway hall, where the exercises were held.
Dr. Thompson's theme was "The responsibility of the Educated Man in a Democracy." He spoke of the European war, and preparedness talk in the United States, and used these as a lesson in showing the students the need of preparedness for the life struggle. He dwelt upon the fact that Germany had been preparing for war forty years, even keeping this always before their youth in the schools and universities.
Following his speech, President. Scarborough conferred degrees and delivered diplomas. One honorary degree was conferred by him. Hon. D. A. P. Murray who connected with the Library of Congress, Washington D.C. was given an honorary degree of LLD.
Dean Woodson and Dr. T. H. Jackson delivered diplomas to graduates of Payne seminary.
The following list of graduates who received diplomas and certificates. Classical-- Phyllis Clark, Albon L. Foster, Ruby A. Martin, Beatrice Mason, Harry Sheppard and Charles S. Spivy. Scientific--Phillip A. Burch, C. Clifton Clark, Roberta F. Kingman, R. Frances, Talbert. Theological Course--Eugene A. Adams, Powell H. Hill, Mansfield E. Jackson, Lewis A. McGhee and B. M. McLinn. Normal--Rubly L. Alexander, Mary C. Carter, Anna M. Dickerson, S. Beatrice Hall, Marian L. Hamilton, Edgar M. Helvey, Irene B. Logan, Nora E. Owens, Carol M. Smith, Mamie Smith, Carolyn R. Stevens, Virginia Thompson, Ella D. Washington, Luverne Waters, Gilbert Williams, Sylvia E. Woodard, Naomi B.Young. Household arts Theresia Bolden, Gladys Burton, Faustina Walker. Commercial--Helene Pryor, Mararee Donaldson, Chester A. Goens, LOYAL A. GOINS, Bertram T. Hamilton, Lottie B. Hargrave, Russell Jackson, Ruby A. King, Edith M. McGruder, Annabelle E. Pease, William O. Walker. Academic Course--William A. Carr, Clifford A. Epps, Mary Gee, Chester C. Horn, Isabel Howard, Olive Frances Johnson, Rosalia Donzetta Knox, Ottaway Morris, Mabel E. Phillips, Lloyd G. Smith, Jessie Lee Strudic, Virgil Talbert, Eva Jeanette Thompson, Grant T. A. Williams, Schuyler Millard Young. Carpentry--David A. Callendar, Morris Carter, William C. Jefferson, Hardin A. Spotts. English Theology--Martha J. Keys. Domestic Art--Rudy L. Alexander, Mary Anderson, Albertha Brooks, Mary C. Carter, Mary Cobb, Anna M. Dickerson, Marian L. Hamilton, Magnolia B. Lytle, Ruby A. Martin, Ida B. Mason, Virginia Mitchell, Angeline Odgen, Carol Smith, Carrie M. Smith, Nellie G. Sollars, Etta Stewart, Minnie Taylor, Ella D. Washington, Luverne Waters, Margaret Watkins, Hazel Williams, Norma Williams, Sylvia Woodard. Domestic Science--Irene B. Logan. Millinery--Mary Anderson, Theresia Bolden, Helen Clarke, S. Beatrice Hall, Virginia Mitchell, Nora Owens, Mamie Smith, Carolyn Stephens, Ruby Talbert. Printing--John Robinson. Shoemaking--George Powers, Millard Young.