TMC’s Term Ends, Commencement Held in 1890

Local Currency ... The Tennessee Medical college closes on the 15th. ... Source:  Knoxville Daily Journal and Tribune, March 5, 1890, page 5   Tennessee Medical College.  Examinations Commenced -- Program for the Final Exercises Friday Night The written examinations in the Tennessee Medical college commenced yesterday.  They will continue until next Wednesday, when the oral examinations will begin.  Much interest is being manifested by the students and faculty. On next Friday night at eight o'clock, in Staub's theater, the commencement exercises will take place. The invitations for that occasion have just been issued and are as neat and appropriate as any ever sent out in the south. The program for the final exercises is given below: March. Divine invocation by Dr. Sutherland. Music. Address by Rev. Carter Helm Jones. Music. Conferring degree of Doctor of Medicine. Music. Conferring degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery. Music. Charge to the graduates by Prof. J. C. Cawood, M. D., Dean. Music. Awarding of Prizes. Benediction. Auld Ang [sic] Syne. An excellent musical program will be observed, by Crouchs' orchestra. After the exercises at the theater the students will be tendered a banquet by the faculty at the Palace hotel. Source:  Knoxville Daily Journal and Tribune, March 16, 1890, page 17   Tennessee Medical College.  First Annual Commencement To-night at Staub's Theater This evening at 8 o'clock the commencement exercises of Tennessee Medical college will be held at Staub's theater.  There are a number of young men who will get their diplomas, and there has been prepared an interesting program as follows: Program. Prelude. Overture, King Mydus; Crouch orchestra. Popular airs, specially arranged; Crouch orchestra. Waltz, Capitola; Crouch orchestra. March; Crouch orchestra. Prayer by Rev. R. R. Sutherland, D. D. Orchestra. Address by Rev. Carter Helm Jones. Orchestra. Conferring degree of Doctor of Medicine by Col. E. J. Sanford, president of the board of trustees. Orchestra. Conferring degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery by Col. E J. Sanford, president of the board of trustees. Orchestra. Charge to the graduates by Prof. J. C. Cawood, M. D., dean of the faculty. Orchestra. Awarding prizes. Vocal Solo -- Let All Obey -- Enchanters -- by Mr. F. L. Moore, late of the "Boston Ideals." Benediction. Auld Lang Syne -- Crouch's Orchestra. The degree of doctor of medicine will be conferred upon the following gentlemen:  Rufus King Medaris, of Tennessee; David Patterson Lowe, of Tennessee; James Henderson Martin, of Tennessee; Isaac Newton Mayers, of Tennessee; George Pryor McLeod, of Tennessee; Andrew Taylor Newman, of Tennessee; Wesley Andrew Vineyard, of Tennessee; William Ervin Minton, of Tennessee. The degree of doctor of dental surgery will be conferred upon the following gentlemen:  Patton Absolom Pennington, of Tennessee; Frank Leverett Barney, of Wisconsin; David Peter Hill, of Virginia. Prizes -- A prize of a gold medal offered by Prof. R. N. Kesterson, D. D. S., for the highest average in the examinations on operative dentistry, awarded to P. A. Pennington. A prize of a gold medal, offered by Prof. J. S. Cottrell, D. D. S., for the best specimen of mechanical dentistry deposited in the museum.  Awarded to F. L. Borney. A prize of a gold medal, offered by Drs. Kesterson and Cottrell for the best general average in the examinations of first course students.  (under-graduates.)  Awarded to E. B. Pennington. A prize of a pocket case of surgical instruments, offered by the Professor of Anatomy for the best anatomical specimen deposited in the museum. During the term just closed nearly fifty students were in attendance, representing the states of Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and New Hampshire. Mr. T. L. Moore, formerly with the Boston Ideals, will render a song at the close of the exercises.  He has a magnificent voice. This is the first commencement of the college and our citizens are manifesting much interest.  The school has had a most remarkably successful start and already applications are being received for entrance next year. Source:  Knoxville Daily Journal and Tribune, March 21, 1890, page 8   The Banquet.  An Elegant Affair at the Palace Hotel The first annual banquet given by the faculty of Tennessee Medical college, to graduates and students, took place last night at the Palace hotel.  Host Thompson excelled himself in providing the good things to cheer the inner man.  After the announcement exercises at Staub's theater the faculty, students and invited friends assembled at the banquet hall.  Covers were laid for about one hundred and their were only a few vacant seats.  The tables were beautifully arranged. About 11 o'clock the banquetters [sic] sat down to the table.  Dr. C. M. Drake was toast-master.  Here can be seen what Host Thompson had prepared for his guests: Menu. Oysters -- Blue points -- raw Soup -- Bouillon Fish -- Boiled Redsnappers a la Mayonnaise Entrees -- Cutlets of Chick a la Talleyrand -- Asparagus with drawn Butter Sauce -- Vol-au-Vent of Sweetbreads -- Petits Pois a l'Anglaise -- Roman Punch a L'orange Roast -- Roast Fillet of Beef, Sauce Robert -- Potatoes Julienne Salads -- Anchovy -- Lettuce Cold Meats -- Boneless Turkey with Calf's Foot Jelly Pastry -- Silver Cake Source:  Knoxville Daily Journal and Tribune, March 22, 1890, page 1   Medical College.  First Annual Commencement Exercises Last Night.  A most Successful Year.  Tennessee Medical College Closes Its First Session and Awards Degrees to Eight Doctors of Medicine and to Three of Dental Surgery -- a Brilliant Close The first annual commencement exercises of the Tennessee Medical college were held last evening at Staub's theater.  In spite of the fact that the evening was exceedingly disagreeable, the house was filled to its capacity with our leading citizens.  It was noticeable that many physicians and teachers of the city were present.  The exercises began at 8:15.  The professors of the college, trustees and prominent men occupied seats on the stage. Dr. C. M. Drake was presiding officer and the exercises of the evening were opened with Divine Invocation by Rev. Dr. Sutherland, of the Second Presbyterian church, when the annual address was delivered by Rev. Carter Helm Jones.  The gentleman delivered a most entertaining address and by humorous hits brought down the house several times.  The burden of his remarks was on the duty of the doctor to himself and his fellows.  He urged knowledge and learing [sic] with hard work as the necessity for the successful doctor. Colonel E. J. Sanford, president of the board of trustees, had been expected to confer the degrees on the graduates.  He was, however, absent from the city, and the venerable Dr. T. W. Humes officiated in this capacity.  In a few well chosen words he ponounced [sic] the honored and pleasing task. The degree of doctor of medicine was conferred on the following gentlemen: David P. Love, Wesley A. Vingard, James A. Martin, Rufus K. Medaris, William E. Minton, Isaac N. Moyers, George P. McLeod, and Andrew T. Newman, all of Tennessee. The doctor of dental surgery was conferred on Patton A. Pennington, of Tennessee; John P. Hill, of Virginia, and Frank . Borney, of Wisconsin.  The graduates occupied seats in front of the stand and when the degrees were conferred assembled on the stage to secure their diplomas.  They are a handsome looking set of men. The charge to the graduates was delivered by J. C. Cawood, dean of the faculty.  The veteran physician gave the young doctors much good advice.  He pointed out to them the numerous difficulties to be encountered, the necessity for careful, painstaking work and that oftentimes their work must be done without compensation.  He thought that the doctor should devote himself to his profession for the love of the work and not from sordid motives.  The address was an eloquent one and such as could be delivered only by one of years of experience in the field of medicine. The prizes were awarded by presiding officer Dr. C. M. Drake.  The prizes, the donors, and the successful students are as follows: A prize of a gold medal, offered by Prof. R. N. Kesterson, D. D. S., for the highest standard attained in the examination on operative dentistry; awarded to P. A. Pennington, D. D. S. A prize of a gold meal, offered by Prof. J. S. Cottrell, D. D. S., for the best specimen of mechanical dentistry deposited in the museum; awarded to F. L. Barney, D. D. S. A prize of a gold medal, offered by Profs. Lesterson and Cottrell to the first course students (or undergraduates), for the best standing in all branches.  Awarded to Mr. E. B. Pennington. A prize of a pocket case of surgical instruments, offered by C. M. Drake, M. D., for the best anatomical preparation contributed to the museum.  Awarded to J. W. Gothard. The last thing on the program was a vocal solo, "Let All Obey," by Mr. F. L. Moore, of the junior class.  Just before the solo, Mr. Moore arose ond [sic] on behalf of the students of the college presented to Dr. C. M. Drake, a magnificent gold headed walking cane.  In presenting it Mr. Moore said that the donors desired to express their appreciation of Dr. Drake's most active and earnest work for their welfare and advancement and the good of the college.  The doctor was surprised and could only return hearty thanks. The solo by Mr. Moore was skillfully rendered.  He was heartily encored, and as encore sang the "Three Fishers."  He has a fine bass voice ad was formerly a member of the Boston Ideals. The benedictson [sic] was pronounced by Rev. R. R. Sutherland, and Crouch's orchestra, which had furnished delightful music during the evening, played "Auld Lang Syne," when the people wended their way home, while the graduates, students, professors and a few invited friends went to the Palace hotel to enjoy a banquet. Source:  Knoxville Daily Journal and Tribune, March 22, 1890, page 1

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