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Kohler High School's First Commencement Class, June, 1927

Transcribed by Juli Freda, following is an exact reprinting of the commencement program for the first ever graduating class from Kohler High School, June, 1927. Included is the "Kohler High School Commencement" Letter received by all graduates, the "Kohler High School Baccalaureate Services" Porgram received at the graduation and the words to the Class Song. Juli is a granddaughter of Oliver Schmidt, a member of the first graduating class. She is also related to Gerald Pool, a member of the class, and Wesley Schmidt, a participant.


June 12-16, 1927

The Kohler High School will graduate its first senior class during the week of June 12-18. The following pupils will receive diplomas:

Viola Berlin
Dorothy Jacobs
Harvey Newton
Roger Newton
Gerald Pool
Oliver Schmidt
Ralph Warbler

The program for commencement week follows.


Nature Theater, Sunday, June 12, at 6:30 o'clock
Prelude - Mill Cornelia Gehrke
Address - Rev. E.A. Katterhenry
Music - Combined choirs of Lutheran and Reformed Churches
Violin Solo - "Ave Maria" - Mr. henry Winsauer


Nature Theater, Wednesday, June 15, at 7:00 o'clock High School Procesional accompanied by the Kohler Recreational Club Band Girls' Glee CLub - "Song of Farewell" Presentation of the Scroll - Dorothy Jacobs Junior Acceptance - Wesley Schmidt Maypole Dance - Primary, Second and Third Grades Class Song - Seniors

This program followed by a band concert.


Kohler Auditorium, June 16, 8:00 p.m.

Senior March - Kohler Orchestra
Boys' Sextette - "Symphony of Night", "Integer Vitae"
"Spirit of Kohler" - Harvey Newton (Senior Class President)
"History of Kohler School" - Gerald Pool
Piano Solo - "Au Matin", Godard - Marvin Lambert "Senior Class History" - Viola Berlin
Girls' Glee Club - "Song of Farewell" from the Cantata "Caravan", Hunt and Kountz
Commencement Address - Mr. Walter J. Kohler
Presentation of Diplomas - Prin. Lester V. Conger
Class Song - Senior Class

Ushers - Senior Girl Scouts

The entire program scheduled above is open to the public. You are most cordially invited to attend these, our first commencement exercises.

Lester V. Conger
Principal of Schools



Nature Theater, Sunday, June 12, at 6:30 o'clock

Prelude - Miss Cornelia Gehrke
Anthem - "Freedom's Banner - Combined choirs Kohler
Lutheran and Reformed Churches
Announcements - Prin. Lester W. Conger
Hymn - "Stand up for Jesus" - Audience and choirs
Anthem - "Praise Ye the Father" - Combined choirs
Address - Rev. E.A. Katterhenry
Subject: "Finally my brethren, whatsoever things
are tru, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever
things are lovely, think on these."
Anthem - "The Lord is my Shepherd" - United Choirs
Violin Solo - "Ave Maria" - Mr. Henry Winsauer
Hymn - "Day is Dying in the West" - Audience and choir
remarks - Harvey Newton (Senior Class President)
Closing Hymn - "Abide With Me" - Choirs and Audience

***As a note, the words for each hymn were also in the program, but they are not included here for space saving sake.***


We are the class of '27, Kohler High, Kohler High
Though we number only seven, " " " "
We uphold the aims and ideals
That we gained through happy years
While we worked among you here
Kohler High, Kohler High

All honor to the faculty, Kohler High, Kohler High
We rise to give them grateful praise, " " " "
They know our fancies and our whims,
Our success and failures too,
We had their constant loyalty in
Kohler High, Kohler High

Though coming years divide us, Kohler High, Kohler High
And we may wander far apart, " " " "
We will always return as alumnae true and firm,
And render gratitude that's due To Kohler High, Kohler High

(Juli's note: Originals of all paperwork in Juli's possession.)

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Transcribed by: Juli Freda

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