Charles Kendall Adams, 1885
Cornell’s second Inauguration took place on November 19, 1885, in the Old Armory, a building that stood on the approximate site of the current Engineering Quad. The University suspended all classes for the day, and at 1:30, a procession of students, faculty, Trustees and invited guests formed on the Arts Quad, with an “Inaugural March” composed for the occasion by Chimesmaster Harry Faulkenau. Preceded by the 54th Regiment Band of Rochester, about 800 people marched to the Armory, where participants attended formal ceremonies that lasted several hours, with three-and-one-half hours of speeches. The new president, Charles Kendall Adams, spoke about the development of higher education in America and his plans for a new form of education. Trustee Henry W. Sage formally presented the new president with the Charter and Seal.
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