Dr. Justin Winsor will preside and the services will be opened with a prayer by the Rev. S. D. McConnell, D. D., of Brooklyn. The Glee Club will then sing the Harvard Hymn and Major Henry Lee Higginson will deliver the address on Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Mass. Regiment. At the close of the services the audience will join in singing the National Hymn, which will be followed by the Benediction.
The address is of special interest this year as Major Higginson served with Colonel Shaw in the 2d Mass. Regiment and was his close friend and comrade. Colonel Shaw entered Harvard in the class of '60 but left college just before the end of his junior year. He entered the army before the beginning of the war and served for a while in the 7th New York National Guards. He soon exchanged to the 2d Massachusetts, however, where he served until in February of '63, Governor Andrews gave him charge of the 54th Massachusetts, infantry. This regiment was the first colored regiment to be sent to the war, and at the end of May of the same year left Boston for the front. On the 18th of the next July Colonel Shaw was killed while leading his men in the charge on Fort Wagner.
At 3.45 tomorrow afternoon members of the G. A. R. will form in front of G. A. R. Hall and will march through the yard to Holworthy where they will be escorted to Memorial Hall by the Senior class in caps and gowns.
The doors of Sanders Theatre will be opened to members of the University at 3.30 and to the general public at 3.45. All the floor seats will be reserved for the members of the G. A. R. and the Senior class. Seats will be further reserved for the members of the classes from '60 to '67, and for officers of Instruction and Government.
The following members of the Junior class will act as ushers: W. K. Otis, B. R. Robinson, B. H. Hayes, F. Dobyns, L. P. Marvin, F. Curtis, H. I. Bowditch, J. H. Perkins, O. Grilk, S. Fordyce, W. Woodward.
On Monday, the 31st, at the regular Memorial Day celebration, Professor William James and Booker T. Washington, who served in the 54th Massachusetts and was given an honorary A. M. at the last Commencement, are to deliver addresses at the unveiling of the Shaw Monument on Boston Common.