Aurora High School Commencement – 1875

The commencement program of the Aurora High School in Dearborn County, Indiana in 1875 appeared in:
Aurora Dearborn Independent – 27 May 1875 – Page 3, Column 2


The Commencement Exercises of the graduating class, numbering ten—seven young ladies and three young gents—of the Aurora High School will take place tomorrow evening, at the M. E. Church, at 8 o’clock.

The music for the occasion, under the direction of Mr. E. D. Haynes, will be furnished by the Aurora Musical Society and Aurora Maennerchor with Miss Emma McCreary and Miss Lida Wymond as Soprano Soloists, and Miss Inez Smith as organist. The selection of music is excellent and will, undoubtedly, be pleased, and the class of ’75 is a remarkable one, and their graduating addresses are expected to be unusually fine.

The following is the programme for the evening:

  • Quartette—Hear, O Kind and Gracious Savior—Mrs. Squibb, Mrs. Hayes, Mr. Cuscaden, Mr. Clark.
  • Prayer—Dr. R. C. Bond.
  • Civilization and Barbarism—Jas. Hopping.
  • Architecture—Alta Blackmore.
  • Chorus—Star of Descending Night—Aurora Musical Society.
  • The Summer Rain—Minnie Socble.
  • Selfishness and Benevolence—Flora Lozier.
  • Aria for Basso—Within this Sacred Dwelling—Mr. Arnold.
  • Government—Richard Holman.
  • The Morning Hour—Cora Blackmore.
  • Glee—Hail Smiling Morn—Aurora Musical Society.
  • Industry and Idleness—Ida Shepardson.
  • Contentment—Emma Wright.
  • Serenade by Gonnod, for Soprano and Flute—Miss Wymond and Mr. Cuscaden.
  • Benefits of Commerce—Frank D. Cobb.
  • Perseverance—Mary Jones.
  • Soprano Solo and Chorus—from “The Enchantress”—Miss Emma McCreary and Aurora Maennerchor.
  • Valedictory.
  • Diplomas Presented.
  • Address to the Graduates—Hon. W. S. Holman.
  • Trustees’ Report—Mr. W. F. Stevens.
  • Huntsman’s Chorus from Cinderella—Aurora Maennerchor.
  • Benediction.