Commencement Exercises Were Held
Last Night—Very Creditable
Thetwenty-third annual commencement exercises of the SumnerHigh schoolwere held at the Auditorium theatre [sic] Monday evening, and were attended bya large crowd of colored people. Threegirls were graduated. They are:
Willa Anistine Amiss.
Music wasfurnished by the SumnerHigh school chorus, whichsang several selections in a praiseworthy manner. The invocation was delivered by Rev. C. C.Gill, pastor of the LoganM. E. Church.
An orationon “Shall Women Vote?” was delivered by Helen Peters. “The ModernSchool” was the subject of an essay byElizabeth Fitzgerald, and “WestVirginia” formed the subject of an essay by WillaAmiss. All these compositions were veryinteresting and well written and reflected credit upon their authors and theSumner school.
An addresson “The Next Higher Step” was delivered by President W. S. Scarborough, of WilberforceUniversity,Wilberforce, Ohio. He urged the graduates to continue their studies. Diplomas were presented to the graduates byPresident James A. Wetherell, of the Board ofEducation. The closing features were thesinging of the school song by the chorus and the pronouncing of the benedictionby Rev. Gill.
Retrieved and transcribed by NanciHeadley Kotowski from The Parkersburg Sentinel, June 10, 1913, page 5, Parkersburg, West Virginia.