Moses Friedman wrote multiple articles on the 1912 commencement. He discussed baccalaureate services, the union meeting of Christian Associations, competitive military drills, the band concert, track and field sports, graduating exercises; and in another article, the guests at the commencement ceremony. George H. Utter, ex-governor of Rhode Island, wrote a commencement speech about his belief that the students of Carlisle were doing God’s work. The next speech was written by Robert G. Valentine, the commissioner of Indian affairs, who spoke about the need for Indians and whites to live together in peace. J. M Oskison delivered the address at the commencement discussing his childhood growing up on a reservation. Thomas L. Sloan and Reverend Joseph E. Griffis spoke about the Indian protection and citizenship, and the influence of Christianity. Governor John K. Tener’s address covered his pride in the Indian School and Robert G. Valentine gave a speech, prior to the presentation of diplomas, about the importance of a diploma. The final two speeches were given by Nathan C. Shaeffer, about the equal opportunity in American education for Indians; and W. B. Wallace, who gave the baccalaureate address.
The Red Man (Vol. 4, No. 9)
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