Excerpt from The 1908 Class Book: A Record of the Senior Class of Columbia College
TO each member of the class which is to go out from the University's gates on Commencement Day next, I commend a careful reading of the charming article, contributed to the March issue of the Columbia University Quarterly by Professor Peck, entitled Ten Years on Morningside Heights.
The graduation Of your class marks the tenth Commence ment Day celebrated in our own new and beautiful and, we believe, permanent, home. Professor Peck has expressed with great tenderness Of feeling and genuine literary skill the Co lumbia spirit of the Older day and the Columbia spirit of the year which marks your graduation.
In the short interval Of ten years we have exchanged one form and mode of life for another, and in losing something Of the picturesque, the sense of nearness and of having much in common, we have gained participation in a far richer and fuller and stronger life, and we have come to occupy before the World the place which is justly our University's due.
You will, I am sure, not soon forget the years that you have passed on Morningside. The farther they fade into the dis tance, the more they will seem to you to mean, and Columbia will become, I venture to predict, not less, but more, real and vivid as the years roll on. Nothing in our American life is finer than the attachment of the College and University man for his stu dent home. Nothing else indicates SO clearly the true and noble sentiment which binds us in future life to our years of prepara tion, and which exalts those years Of preparation to a peculiar place in our affections.
It has been yo'ur lot, coming from distant parts Of the land, to be welded during your student life into a Single homogeneous body. You are now about to separate and go each his way into the work Of the world. You will, however, never lose the traces of the unity and the homogeneity which you have gained here.
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