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Shipp Hall at 50

About this time last year, I wrote a post about the 50th anniversary of DuPre Residence Hall.  DuPre and its close relative, Shipp Residence Hall, were both built as part of a campus expansion plan developed in the late 1950s.  This plan included the construction of Milliken Science Hall, the renovation of Main Building, the […]

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The Class of 1963

Each year for the past decade, our fifty-year class returns and escorts the graduating class to the Commencement exercises.  Here are a few thoughts about life at Wofford during the Class of 1963’s years here. Wofford opened the 1962-63 school year with the largest enrollment in its history – 833 students were enrolled.  569 were […]

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Commencement Season

It’s getting close to Commencement again here at Wofford, and in just a few days, we’ll send another class off into the world.  I like to show some of our Commencement-related artifacts and documents each year around this time.  Today, I’ve got a program from the 1859 ceremony, complete with the names of all of […]

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From the Journal: The Changes in College

An anonymous alumnus, possibly a member of the Class of 1884, wrote this in an early issue of the Wofford College Journal, the student literary magazine that began in 1889.  The Journal, which is still published today, also contained campus news in those early years.  These were the reminiscences of that alum about his student […]

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A class trip to Charleston, 1889

This article, from the December 1889 issue of the Wofford College Journal, details some of the exploits of Wofford’s Class of 1890 as they took a senior class trip to Charleston, by rail, a few weeks before Thanksgiving.  Student travel was no doubt as enlightening to them as it is to our students today – […]

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The Class of 1913

Wofford looked a lot different a century ago. This is a composite photo of the Wofford Class of 1913 – one of several class photos in the archives collection.   38 students took degrees from Wofford that year.

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J. Lyles Glenn, Wofford’s second Rhodes Scholar

John Lyles Glenn, Jr was a highly-accomplished student at Wofford, involved in student government, athletics, oratory, and other campus activities.  It’s probably not surprising, then, that the Chester native was Wofford’s second Rhodes Scholar. Glenn came to Wofford in the fall of 1908 at age 16, but even at that young age, he was the […]

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Where are all the Chi Phi brothers?

Would all of the alums who are members of Chi Phi please stand up. Silence. Oh, that’s right, that fraternity hasn’t existed at Wofford for over 100 years.  What happened to it? Chi Phi was the third fraternity to be established at Wofford, after Kappa Alpha and Chi Psi.  These first two got started in 1869, and […]

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Notes from 1900

Occasionally I like to share articles from student publications of long ago.  The Journal, which began publication in 1889, served as a mix of alumni newspaper, campus newspaper, and literary magazine until around 1915.  Here are some excerpts from the October 1900 issue.  It looks like some things stay the same.   Opening:  Dr. Carlisle […]

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DuPre Hall at Fifty

Fifty years is a pretty long life for a college dormitory.  But this fall, the A. Mason DuPre Residence Hall turns 50 In February 1961, the college announced plans to build two new residence halls on the north side of Main Building.  Main was then undergoing renovations itself, and the administration wanted to create a […]

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