June 23, 1875
According to The New York Times, 1,000 people packed into the Chapel, on an “intensely hot” day for Commencement. Founding trustee and president of Brown University Ezekiel Gilman Robinson gave the invocation and the traditional program of student orations and musical selections included addresses in Latin and German and selections by Beethoven. Mary Frances Buffington ‘75 spoke on “The Acheivements of Theoretical Chemistry,” Alice Hettie Lowrie ‘75 discussed “The Aesthetics of Astronomy” and Kate Roberts ‘75 explored the varying views of “Agassiz and Darwin.” 1875’s oratorical opposition was between “The Sciences Superior to the Fine Arts in their Influence on Progress,” given by Kate Louise Maltby ‘75 and “The Fine Arts Superior to the Sciences in their Influence on Progress,” by Kate McBain ‘75.
Among the distinguished guests as President Raymond conferred the baccalaureate degree on the 42 members of the class were the hero of the Battle of Fort Fisher (1865), General Alfred Terry, and Elisha Pease, who had been the civilian governor of Texas at the outset of Reconstruction. The New York Times