First Commencement (July 29, 1920)

First Commencement (July 29, 1920)

First Commencement 

DICKINSON STATE NORMAL SCHOOL held its first commencement exercises on Thursday, July 29, 1920. President Samuel T. May gave the commencement address, admonishing the class of 18 men and women to take a greater interest in United States citizenship as a most important factor in the future welfare of the country. May cited several vital national problems that were on the horizon in 1920 and noted that they would have to be dealt with responsibly in the near future. He especially directed his comments about responsible citizenship to the women in the class, given their impending right to vote, which occurred with the passage of the 19th Amendment less than a month later.