Yankton Press & Dakotan
4 Jun 1938 (Evening); p. 2, col. 3
Lone Graduate Of 1888 Sees 1938 Class Of 51 Receive Diplomas
RAPID CITY, June 4. (AP) — The classes of 1888 and 1938 of the state school of mines bridged 50 years of history Thursday night as participants in the 51st annual commencement.
The class of 1888 — Dr. John W. Hancher, Washington, D. C. the sole member of that class and one of the most distinguished graduates of the state engineering institution — was back to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its graduation and to see the class of 1938 — composed of 41 members — receive diplomas from the hands of Frank Cumdill, Firesteel, a member of the regents of education.
The senior engineering students were addressed by one of America’s most outstanding civil engineers, Col. Willard T. Chevalier, New York City, who told them that they must “get in step with their profession the world and themselves” if they are not to be trampled to death in the world’s parade now managed by their predecessors.
Col. Chevalier also was a member of the class of 1938 for he was presented with an honorary degree of doctor of engineering.
Among the distinguished guests at the exercise were Edward Prehal, Burke, president of the regents of education, who extended greeting to the class, and Capt. Randolph P. Williams, Langley Field, Va., who was honored by the school last year with an honorary degree of Doctor of Science in recognition of his work as meteorologist with the 1935-36 stratosphere flights.
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