State Teachers College at Bridgewater, Massachusetts Commencement, June 1938
Black & White, Silent
Graduates file from Horace Mann Auditorium (and turn to walk onto the steps of the Administration Building). Faculty and guests fill seats placed at the bottom of the stairs in front of the building. Class President George F. Johnson and the Guard of Honor plant an ivy vine along the foundation on the north side of the Administration Building and then return to the formation on the stairs in front of the building. The Ivy Oration is delivered by an unidentified speaker, followed by a trumpet call. The graduates proceed down the Administration Building steps and then form a ring in the quadrangle, surrounded by a ring of Juniors, and an outermost ring of spectators. The graduates then sing the Alma Mater, which is shown on a title card:
O Alma Mater, thy children strive
To keep thy faith alive
O Alma Mater, we sing for thee
This song of loyalty.
O Alma Mater, they voice alone
Will guide in paths unknown.
The graduates link hands in a circle on the quadrangle, each holding an ivy vine. At the end, the graduates and spectators intermingle.
Bridgewater State Teachers College, "State Teachers College at Bridgewater, Massachusetts Commencement, June 1938" (1938). Multi-media Selections for the Archives. 10.