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Eighth Grade Commencement, 1928

For our final look, for this year, at graduations past, here is the program from the eighth grade commencement exercises in 1928, eighty years ago this month.  (Calvin Coolidge was President.)  A transcription follows the image.

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                           Commencement Exercises

                                   EIGHTH GRADE

                           Bradley School Auditorium

                  Wednesday, May 16, 1928, 8:00 P. M.

Onward Christian Soldiers                        All

Invocation                                            Bro. Holland

Commencement Song                              Class

Salutatory                                             Nancy Virginia Stewart

Class History                                          Ray Olive

Class Color                                             Willie Stampley

Class Motto                                            Morgan Hamner

Piano Solo                                              Mildred Christie

Class Poet                                              Ethel Miller

Class Grumbler                                        Dixie Hamiter

Piano Solo                                              Anna Marie Collins

Class Prophecy                                       Gladys Stewart

Class Will                                               Lindsay Brock

Valedictory                                             Mildred Christie

Presentation of Diplomas                           Mr. Lee Measeles   

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The previous evening in 1928 saw a commencement exercise for the “Department of Primary and Intermediate Grades.”  A transcription again follows the image.

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                      Bradley High School Auditorium

                           Commencement Program

                                 Department of

                    Primary and Intermediate Grades

                    Tuesday Evening, May 15, 1928

                                     8:00 P. M.

Reading                                              Edna Frances Vaughan

Violin Solo                                           Nanette Snead

Reading                                              Dot Cochran

Spring’s Flower Garden                          Primary Pupils

Flower Drill and Dance                           Fourth Grade Girls

Violin Solo                                           Malvin Christie

Mother Goose’s Trouble                          Primary Pupils

Reading                                               Mable Christie

Reading                                               Malvin Christie


Bradley High School Commencement, 1958

This post continues our look at graduations past.

Exactly fifty years ago this month, the Class of 1958 said its good-byes to Bradley High School.  Below are two images of the program for the Baccalaureate Service and Commencement Exercise for that year.  The outside cover of the program lists the names of the graduates.

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Those graduates listed are:  Charles Smith, Richard Smith, Albert Lane, Hollis Maness, James Henry Starling, Wayne Keahey, Charles Bland, Donald Cheney, David Colvin, Sammy Crabtree, Paul Dunn, Merle Gore, Noel Harrist, Marvin McCalman, Larry Tyler, Oran Weems, Annette Weems, Janie Wynn, and Clyde Wayne Jackson.

The inside pages of the program give the details of the two gatherings.

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The page on the left side is the:


                       Baccalaureate Service

                 Bradley High School Gymnasium

                Sunday Evening, May 11, 1958

                                  8 P.M.

Processional                                      Mrs. J. M. Allen

“Faith of Our Fathers”                         Audience

Invocation                                        Rev. D. L. McCauley

Announcements                                 E. V. Powell

“Lead on’ Lead On’”                            Choir

Sermon                                            Rev. Gerald Cheney

Benediction                                       Rev. H. H. Hime

Recessional                                       Mrs. J. M. Allen


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The page on the right side is the:


                       Commencement Exercise

                   Bradley High School Gymnasium

             Monday Evening, May May [sic] 12, 1958

                                      8 P.M.

Processional                                      Mrs. J. M. Allen

Invocation                                        Rev. H. H. Hime

Introduction of Seniors                        Wayne Keahey

“Love Dreams”                                   Bette Barnett

“Graduation Day”                                Oren Weems, Larry Tyler,

                                                       Noel Harrist

“Valcik in D Flat”                                 LaVerne Burks

Class Song                                         Seniors

Presentation of Diplomas and Awards      E. V. Powell

“The Lord’s Prayer”                              James Henry Starling

Bradley High School Commencement, 1934

The end of the 2007–2008 school year is fast approaching, so perhaps this is a good time to look at graduation ceremonies from years past.  Shown below is the Bradley High School Commencement program from 1934.  President Franklin D.  Roosevelt had been in office for just over a year and his “New Deal” even made it into the commencement program.  A transcription follows the image.

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         Bradley High School,

               May 11, 1934


Processional                                 Mrs. Madison Allen

America                                       Audience

Invocation                                   Rev. B. B. Cox

Solo                                           Mrs. J. G. Allen, Jr.

               “Only A Rose”

Salutatory Address                        Anna Marie Collins

        “A Song To Unsung Heroes”

Class President’s Address                John Coker

      “The New Deal Brings A New Dawn”

Valedictory Address                       Burl Allen

       “An Old, Old Story”

Solo                                            Rev. B. B. Cox

Farewell Address                           T. W. Croxton

Presentation of Diplomas                 F. M. Cochran

Benediction                                  Rev. B. B. Cox