Commencement days always bring mingled feelings of joy and sorrow. I have joy for those graduating because they have run the race well and have completed the course. But there is sorrow, too, because they are leaving. I need not tell you that this Sunday is our Commencement Sunday in Toccoa, and out at Toccoa Falls the spirit of Commencement has been in the air all week. While I am teaching this Bible study (on the radio), one of our first graduates Rev. Frank E. Morey, who is now a Methodist minister from the northern part of New York State near the Canadian border, is preaching the Baccalaureate sermon to the 1941 graduating class of the Toccoa Falls Institute.
The Institute [moved to the Toccoa Falls location in 1911], which is thirty years ago. This yearâ€™s graduating classâ€”from three different departments high school, commercial course, and Bible Collegeâ€”is the largest in the history of the Institute, ninety-three, I believe.
Like the woman of old, I would say to all of you: â€œCome and see!â€ what the Lord is doing at Toccoa Falls. Tonight at 8 oâ€™clock Dr. R. A. Forrest, co-founder and president of the Toccoa Falls Institute, will deliver the Commencement address to the Bible College graduating class and confer degrees on each of the four graduates as they receive their diplomas. Please join me in praying for the school, for our students, and for those who will soon enter Godâ€™s kingdom work here on earth. Praise the Lord for what He is doing!
(Taken from Mrs. Forrest radio program broadcast on WRLC â€“ May 25, 1941)
1941 Graduates, left to right â€” Jimmy Rich, Richard Scoggins, Dr. Forrest, Mrs. Forrest, Flora McLean, and Tom Burns