Edmund E. Day, 1937
The Inauguration of Edmund Ezra Day was planned as a “dignified ceremony in an academic setting” for October 8, 1937. The presidents of Dartmouth College, Harvard University, and the University of Michigan (the three institutions with which Day had been associated) were invited to speak on the role of American universities. Invitations went to other universities, learned societies and educational foundations, to the clubs and associations of Cornell alumni, and to six undergraduate bodies. About 300 delegates and guests were represented. The Trustees ordered that all regular exercises of the University be suspended throughout the day of the Inauguration and the next day. The procession, which also included New York Governor Herbert H. Lehman, Dr. Jacob Gould Schurman, and Dr. Livingston Farrand, proceeded to Bailey Hall to Bach’s Fantasy in D Major, played by the University Organist. Sections of Bailey Hall were set aside for official guests, including the wives of professors, alumni delegates, and instructors, and students filled the balcony. Delegates were housed in Balch Hall, whose residents gave up their rooms for two days. Judge Frank Harris Hiscock, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, presented the Charter and Seal to President Day.