Founder’s Day: “In ’68, the last time Mr. Vassar was present, the chief event was an original cantata with music by Professor Ritter, entitled ‘The Crown of Life,’ proving later of especially beautiful significance.”     Frances A. Wood, Earliest Years at Vassar

The Class of 1868 planted a swamp white oak as their class tree on the south side of the driveway west of Main. This was the first class tree. The Class of 1867, in the first Class Day exercises, had planted ivy on Main Building.