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The past week has been one of considerable flutter, flurry and excitement for the 81 young ladies and gentlemen who are thia morning receiving their diplomas and graduating from the Ann Arbor High School, thns taking their initiative step in life's rongh' jonrney. Of these 81 people it is said that fnlly 60 will go in for ahigher education and enter the different departiuents of the University in the fall. In the early part of the week the qaestions that most occnpied the attention of at least a portion of the gradnates were "Have I passed?" "Shall I reoeive a con?" "What will I get, an A, BorC diploma?" The question set at rest and having received their credits, the jnbilant yonng people turned eagerly to the amusement part of the coramencement program and enjoyed themselves to their fullest capacity. The first event of commenoeruent week was the class day exercises which were held in High School hall Wednesday afternoon. The hall was appropriately decorated for the oocasion witb the colors of the senior and junior classes. The senior colors, green and wbite.Jwere arranged in the front of the hal], and tbose of the junior class, yellow aud black, were placed in the rear. The program opened with a seleotion of mnsic by the High School orchestra. The class orator, Ralph L. Morse, then gave his oration on "Popular Demands." He said that popular demands were the bane of tbe Ainerioan people. Women as well as men were affected by these demands. Man ranst be educated for every exigency. Kings and lords have been rejected, but still worse cbaracters are springing np, such as millionaires and inoney thieves. The class poem by Miss Vera Connor, represented the studies of the fonr years as a series of battles through which the class had come to victory. The class history byHarry R. Brown, of Chillicothe, O., was particulatly good, and the author wasinterrupted by frequent bursts of applause as he reached each period of his well writteu paper. Speakiug of the olass he said, "thefaculty hailed them with delight." Chute stroked the hair on his bald spot and Wines grew short in comparison with us. " He thon proceeded to niildly roast the several members of the class, and related the various events which had happened duriug the four yeais, interspersing his remarks with numerous jokes. The history was ended in bursts of applause. Tbe class essay "American Patriot' ism," by Miss Bsssie E. Cordley, was well delivered, showed fine thoughts and sentiment and was received accordingly. The class prophecy by Miss Laura I. Mills was very fine. She represented the prophecy as given by the Owl ia the High School ohapel and read the various fortunes from a pack of cards. The nest on the program was tbe presentation of the olass memorial, a striking and lifelike enlavged portrait of Prof. J. G. Pattengill. The presentation address was made by A. Perry Biggs. Jay Fox, president of the class of '97 then gave in fine style his address whieh was a very happy and pleasing effort. The proceedings closed with tbe singing of the class song, witten by Miss M. Emma Taylor, to the air of "The Red, White and Blue." At 3 :45 o'clock 130 young people left the Ann Arbor depot on a special train bound for Whitmore Lake, where the annual High School banquet and party was held at the Clifton house. Before supper the time was spent on the water in rowing and sailing about the lake. Supper was served at 7 :30 o'clock and Landlord Smith seerned to have striven to even outdo his usual' excellent eftorts as a caterer and the repast furuished would have tempted the most epicurean tastes. It received ampie justice from the hungry youths aud maidens and was unauimously voteda huge success. Supper ended Harry R. Brown tookup his dnties as toastmaster and he filiad the positiou most accepiably, iutroduciug eacb speaekr with some humorous remarks. Prof. L. P. Joscelyn responded to the toast "Our Olass." His speech was very witty and received great applause. Clarence W. Hnghes' remarks on "The Paculty" were exceedingly apt, introducing some of the favorite jokes and sayings of several of the teachers. Mr. Bromhall spoke to the toast "Our Girls, " and dished up something extra fine for the occasion, his remarks being given in rhyming verse. Miss Josephine Bowen replied briefly bot well to the toast "Onr Boys" and received deserved applause therefor. Miss Esther Matcbett told what she thonght of aud knew about "Athletics,"and Theo. Zimtnenuan made an ingenious defense of "The Breeze" and its editors, relating some of tbe trials they had to nudergo. The corupany then repaired to the dancing hall where they enjoyed tbeniselvea until 11 :30, when they took the traiD for home oue and all declariug it the greatest success of any class banquet and party that was ever held. Last evening the whole senior class was given a reception by Prof. and Mrs. VV. S. Ferry at their harne 01 E. Washington st. , and there were few if auy, of tberu who were not preseüt to enjoy the hospitality of the genial superinhendeut apd his amiable wife. Mr. and Mrs. Perry were assisted in cariug for their nuruerous gnests by the rueinbers of the High School faoulty. The 38th annual corumencement exercises are in progress at High Kchool hall this inorning1. The program being as follows: Musio. Prayer. Music. Cobwebs Mary L. Bradshaw, Aüii Arbor, Queen Victoria. .Florence Bowen, Arm Arbor, Laugh and Grow Fat Henry K. Brown, Chlllicothe. O. Music. In Behalf'Oi' my Graudmother Bessie E. Cordley, Ann Arbor, l'seudol'-atriotism Jay Fox, Ann Arbor, The Death of Hermes Clarence W. Hughes, Ann Arbor, Commencement Day, Emma M. Kapp, Ann Arbor, Music. Flnn E. Lucia Lyons' Honolulú, H. I. Harmony Kestored Carmilla T. Eyan, Ann Arbor, A Feastof Nations, M. EmmaTaylor, Ann Arbor, A Herald of Liberty, Theo. Zimmerman, Three Oaks. Preeentation of Diplomas. Benediction, Music The gradnating class in the various courses is as follows, and comprises a total of 81 gradnates, 12 in the olassioal conrse, 12 in the Latin conrse, 26 in the English oourse, 17 in the scientiflo conrse, 10 in the engineering conrse, and 3 in the commercial oourse : Classical oourse - Mary L. Bradshaw, Florence Bowen, Herbert A. Clark, Charlotte A. Forbes, Squire Fonch, Jay Fox, Clarence W. Hughes, Sanford M. Ladd, E. In 'ia Lyons, Nancy S. Phelps, Wm. Li. Whitten, Theophilus Zimmeiman. Latin course - Bessie E. Cordley, Florence W. Greene, Harriet A. Hurrey, Laura Mills, Lanreu Mills, Carmilla T. Ryan, Frank L. Ryan, Mary L. Stephenson, Bertha S. Stewait, Wm. A. Zincke, Daniel F. Zimmerman, Theophilus Zimmerman. English course - May Alderman, Grace M. Beebe, Grace Bowen, Cora Crandall, Mary M. Carson, Martha Corson, Rose French, Emilie H. Graf, Jessie M. Hortou, S. Mary Horton, Emma M. Kapp, Pauline Klager, Theresa Kearns, Willis Kent, Etta M. Lennon, Louis M. Maver, Donua B. Lachlan, Nellie A. Moseley, Nathan B. fsewcomer, Cora V. Oroutt, Louise K. Stauger, Don S. Stevens, M. Etania Taylor, Fannie VanQieson, Win. .J Walsh, Blanohe L. Wood. Scientifio onurse - Ernest J. Belser, A. Perry Biggs, Vera N. Connor, Henry T. Daufortb, Louis M. Gelstoa, Jessie J. Heller, M. Allen Hoyt, Esther P. Matchett, Charles S. Neal, Henri de Pont, Gracia B. Rhead, Ida M. Sahaible, Sylvester A. Seabolt, Aletta J. Storros, Herbert L. St. John, Margaret G. Sturgis, Philip A. Speekman, Daniel F. Zimtueiman. Engineering oourse - Emilio M. Arizpe, A. Perry Biggs, Henry R. Browo, Frank A. Corbusier, Ernery E. Harris, Walter H. Hiñes, Andrew H. McDougall, Ralph L. Morse, James E. Torrans, Theodore F. Zealand. Musio conrse - Marie Peunell. Commercial conrse - Graee Baker, Gilberfc C. Perrine, M. Erurna Taylor.