Collection # DRT-250.5-001
GMA Graduation Invitations, 1910-1965
Main Entry: Development Office
Volume: 60 Items
Although it is
uncertain exactly who was in charge of graduation plans for GMA, the events were
probably handled by the President’s Office. Commencement was one of the
highlights of the school year and encompassed three or four days of
activities. During World War II, all schools were encouraged to accelerate
graduation. For this reason, GMA held continuous school, allowing some
cadets to graduate in two or three years. Graduation, therefore, was held
at different intervals.
In the mid-1930s Col.
Woodward initiated a Post-Graduate program for students who needed additional
military or academic training to qualify for the Service Academies.
Post-Graduates were included in graduation exercises from 1935 until about
1944. In 1940 a GMA Junior College was created by Col. Brewster, so that
post-graduate cadets who were meeting college standards would receive college
credit. Accredited in 1951, the Junior College remained in operation until
1953. Junior College graduates were also included in the regular
graduation exercises from 1943 to 1945 and 1947 to 1953.
Scope and Content:
chronological order, this 60 item collection is composed of printed graduation
invitations, 1910-1960, 1965. The invitations include a commencement
program and a senior class roster, as well as a calendar of
graduation-related events spanning a period of three or four days.
Graduation celebration often included student orations, lower grade
declamations, military parades, dances, variety shows, and Governing Board
meetings. Of special interest, in 1930 and 1934 Junior-Senior debates were
held. The 1930 graduation invitation announced the debate topic: “Query:
That the chain-store system is detrimental to the best interest of the American
People.” According to the 1934 invitation, the debate topic was: “Resolved:
That the Postmaster General acted for the best interest of the government in
canceling the Air-Mail Contracts.” During World II, graduation events
were abridged and moved up to April.
were included in the invitations 1935-1936 and 1938-1944. Junior College
graduates were listed in the invitations 1943-1945 and 1947-1953. The 1965
invitation no longer included the senior class roster. Also included in
the collection is one invitation (with menu) to the Annual Banquet for the
Junior-Senior Classes, Dec.13, 1920, the Capital City Club.