Excerpt from Exercises of Class Day, at Dartmouth College: Tuesday, June 27, 1876
Once more has time with its restless surges brought a class to the end of its course. For four years we have been together - years which are, or ought to be, the best of our lives - years whose inﬂuence over our future weal, or woe, is almost omnipo tent.' We stand at the junction of two widely different por tions of our lives in the past we have only been preparing for the future, now we are about to launch upon that future, to try our fortunes on the wide sea of practical life. The degree of success which is to attend us is in a great measure dependant upon the manner in which our advantages have been improved but it is not always evident to the casual observer who has made the best use of his opportunities, hence the surprise which is often manifested at the unexpected success of some man not noted for brilliancy in his preparatory course.
This day is specially ours, and, as we recall the thronging memories of our years of companionship, let us all forget what ever there may have been of bitterness in our relations, and like strong, true men, dwell only upon the pleasant aspects of our college course. We meet to-day with a mingling of emo tions; joy that our struggles for an education are about to be crowned with success - that we are so soon to be of the active workers of the world's arena; sadness because we are about to break the bonds which four years together have strongly woven - because we shall never again as a class look upon these scenes now so familiar yet it is useless to try to speak of the sadness which our coming separation throws over us, for words are weak, but every heart knoweth its own bitterness.
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