The weather for Class Day for the Class of 1888 was, according to The Vassar Miscellany, "all that could be desired—not too cold for tulle, not to warm for comfort, and no rain.  '88's Class Day will always be one of the brightest pictures that hang on the wall of our memories."  Class president Grace Rideout ’88 presided over the Chapel ceremonies, in which Susan Guion Chester '88 gave the Class oration, based on the Class Motto, Perseverando, and the class history, enlivened by readings from the class minutes and "a bit of music from '88's limited répertoire," was presented by Eliza Livingston McCreery '88. "We have been told,"said The Miscellany, "that 'historical genius consists in an unlimited capacity for taking pains' and Miss MacCreery's 'Story of a Short Life' showed how well she could apply that principle in her class history."

After the class prophecy, given with a "happy-go-lucky manner and perfect mimicry" by Rose Foster, "the Prophet of '88, the assembly moved outdoors for the dedication of the class tree and the burying of the class records.  The traditional senior charge was given by Marion Ransom ’88 and the junior reply by Emeline Keeler Hunt ’89.     The New York Times, The Vassar Miscellany