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Baylor History, May 2004

May 7, 2004

May 16, 1997 -- A Texas state historical marker is dedicated in Waco honoring Baylor alumnus George W. Truett, followed later in the day by the inaugural baccalaureate ceremony of George W. Truett Theological Seminary. The next day, the Seminary's first graduating class of 30 receives diplomas.

May 17, 1920 -- A pageant titled "Baylor, The Deliverer" is performed on Carroll Field, with audience members watching from stadium bleachers. The pageant, written by students of the Department of English under the guidance of Dr. A.J. Armstrong, portrays scenes from Baylor history as depicted by a cast of about 300 students.

May 17, 1974 -- P.D. Browne, director of Baylor's Retired Professors Center, becomes the first person to carry the University Mace in a commencement ceremony. The new Mace has been created by joining three segments, which include canes belonging to Rufus Burleson and Sam Houston and a sword presented by General Andrew Jackson for bravery in the War of 1812 to Cyrus Alexander Baylor, a forebear of Judge R.E.B. Baylor.

May 28, 1949 -- Two important groundbreaking ceremonies are held the same day. In the morning, ground is broken for Baylor's Tidwell Bible Building, then in the afternoon a groundbreaking ceremony and barbeque dinner are held at the site of the future Baylor Stadium, now called Floyd Casey Stadium.

-- Compiled by Randy Fiedler

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