Fullerton College: A Pictorial History

This is the 1919 program for the fifth annual commencement exercises. Fifteen students (fourteen women and one man) were graduating. Because the graduating classes were so small in the early years, the baccalaureate service was first held at a nearby church, with the commencement exercises then held at the Fullerton Union High School auditorium. In 1928, Dean William T. Boyce suggested that the graduating class not hire an outside speaker for the commencement address, but instead select students to speak on different topics. That policy continued for twenty-two years. The distinguishing feature of graduates during this period was that many were the sons and daughters of Fullerton and Orange County pioneers: Virginia M. Knott; Albert Hetebrink; Joe, Elizabeth, and Ned Crooke; James Balcom; Lillian Hezmalhalch; Eleanor Grainger; James M. McFadden; Raymond Starbuck; Horace and Florence Ford; Lee, Ray, and Harold Hale; Augusta, Eleanor, Rebecca Burdorf; Alice Wilber; Helen Seulke; Mildred Yorba, etc. (Courtesy of the Fullerton Public Library)
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