A 1937 Graduation Dinner

The Prince Edward Hotel at 100


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For many years, college graduation in Brandon meant a banquet dinner at the Prince Edward Hotel.

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This article was published 09/06/2012 (3940 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

For many years, college graduation in Brandon meant a banquet dinner at the Prince Edward Hotel.

It was one of the few venues in the city large enough for such a gathering, and it was certainly the only location classy enough.

In 1937, Brandon College arts graduates preparing to enter their post-collegiate lives spent a celebratory evening in the Prince Edward’s dining room, feasting on roast larded beef tenderloin, chateau potatoes and giant peas au buerre.

There was a full menu of speeches and entertainment as well — each accompanied by a bon mot quotation.

Samuel Johnson was selected to accompany a toast to the graduating ladies:

“I like their beauty, I like their delicacy,
I like their vivacity, and I like their silence.”

The S.J. McKee Archives preserves a few remaining copies of the program from that evening. Some were signed by friends and fellow graduates, like yearbooks are today.

Not recorded is what the ladies chose for a juicy retort.

An Arts Graduation in 1937

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