Twenty-five seniors graduated on June 24, 1868, at the end of what President Raymond referred to as Vassar’s “first collegiate year.” Among the graduates who spoke were: Class Historian Mary Lavinia Avery, who spoke on “Isolation”; Elizabeth Reynolds Beckwith, whose topic was “Epochs”; and Class Prophet Mary Watson Whitney whose speech, in German, was entitled “Verboten.”  “The Philosophy of Herbert Spencer” was discussed by Achsah Mount Ely, Class President Clara Eaton Glover spoke on “Earnest Living,” and Helen Landen Storke read her poem, “Days”. After this, Sarah Mariva Glazier spoke on “Force,” and Class Valedictorian Sarah Louise Blatchley delivered what an observer regarded as “an eloquent valedictory.”

President Raymond presented the graduates with their diplomas, and the chairman of the board of trustees, William Kelly, “then delivered a very touching and eloquent address upon the late Matthew Vassar.” The Founder had died the previous day while delivering what was to be his final address to the trustees.