May 4, 1946
President MacCracken’s retirement was the theme for Founder’s Day. At 9 A.M., students serenaded him on the steps of the President’s House with original songs, to which he replied with an anecdotal history of Matthew Vassar and his college. The president then led a caravan of buses, cars and bicycles to the Founder’s grave at the Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery, after which he conducted a historical tour of the campus while Cornelia Raymond ’83, the daughter of the college’s second president, conducted a tour of Main Building.
In the afternoon, students presented “Vassaga, Dedicated to Prexy,” a series of skits dramatizing significant periods in MacCracken’s presidency. In the evening, after a picnic supper and square dancing in the circle, the faculty staged a burlesque entitled “Life Begins at 65.”
In recognition of the president’s engagement with international education, students raised $8,000 for the Henry Noble MacCracken Foreign Student Scholarship Fund.