Professor Gow’s organ voluntary opened Vassar’s 35th Commencement, as marshal of the day Emma Rice Richarson ’77, led the juniors and seniors into the Chapel.  Topics of the senior essays exhibited their customary range: Isabel Bliss Trowbridge ’00 discussed “The Klephtic Ballads”; Mabel Pearson Schmidt ’00 traced “The Evolution of Peace”; Martha Grovenor Harmon ’00 revealed “The Educational Value of Nature Study”; Marie Thompson Perry ’00 traced “The Development of Darwin’s Idea of Natural Selectio”n; Gertrude Vaile ’00 plumbed “The Ethics of Retail Buying” and Frances Dorrance ’00 explored “The Impressionism of Shelley’s Nature Descriptions.”

President Taylor conferred bachelor’s degrees on 125 member of the Class of 1900, and Eda C. Bowman ’99, Augusta Choate ’99, Blanche Martin ’99 and Ruth Bartlett Mears ’99 received the second degree in arts (the master’s degree).

Graduate scholarships were awarded to: Laura Moriarity ’00 in history; Jennie Mackay Payne ’00 in English; Ruth Wells ’00 in Greek and Frances Dorrance ’00 in biology.  The Richardson Babbott fellowship was awarded to Alice W. W. Wilcox ’94 for the study of biology at the University of Chicago.

After dinner, some 300 graduates and guests were entertained by an address by St. Clair McKelway, co-owner and editor of The Brooklyn Eagle.