Skidmore, Missouri Commencement, 1907

From the April 18, 1907 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:

Preparing for Commencement.

Seven pupils and the principal of our high school are very busy at present preparing for the commencement exercises that will take place in the opera house on Thursday and Friday evenings of next week.

The young folks who will complete their school work here at that time are the Misses Nellie Hitchcock, Lola Brown, Vena Carden, Blanche Dawson and Grace Bohannan and Messrs William Brown and Ben French.

These, however are not the only ones making preparations for the closing exercises as several undergraduates are preparing drills, etc., for the entertainment of the large audience that is sure to attend on this occasion.

The class address will be delivered by the Rev. Samuel Garvin, a man who comes very highly recommended, as will be seen by the testimonials in another column.  He will take for his subject, “Golden Milestones.”  This address together with exercises by the under-graduates will be given on Thursday evening.  The commencement proper will take place on Friday evening when the members of the class will deliver their graduating addresses.

The orchestra is preparing special music to be played each night, which , together with vocal music will add much to the pleasure of the occasion.

Elsewhere in this paper will be found the program for each evening.

From the same page in that same edition, here is the program (click image to enlarge):

Commencement, Thursday, April 25, 8 p.m.  Music - Orchestra.  Barbell Drill - Boys.  Twilight Star, J. Barnby, Double Trio.  Address, "Golden Milestones," Rev. Samuel Garvin.  Music - Orchestra.  Commencement, Friday, April 26, 8 p.m.  Music - Orchestra.  Invocation - Rev. J. C. Kindred.  Oration, "National Progress of the Nineteenth Century," Blanche Dawson.  Class Will - Grace Bohannan.  Swing Song, Lohr, Double Trio.  Oration, "Success," Lola Brown.  Oration, "Ignorance, the Badge of Mental Slavery," Ben French.  Music - Orchestra.  Class Prophecy - Nellie Hitchcock.  Oration, "Man and the Opportunity," William Brown.  The Daffodils, King Hall, Double Trio.  Valedictory, "There Shall Be No Alps," Vena Carden.  Presentation of Diplomas, J. F. Kellogg.  Music - Orchestra.  Admission -- one night, adults, 25 cents, children, 15 cents; both nights, adults, 35 cents, children 25 cents.

From the April 18, 1907 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1.