As May is the month for commencements, we decided to share from our files this listing of graduates from the 1909 Commencement of Straight University in New Orleans. Straight University was located on Canal Street, between North Tonti and North Rocheblave, the present site of the Pan-American Building. Founded in 1868, by the American Missionary Association of the Congregational Church, the university offered elementary, preparatory high school, and of course university courses. There were schools of law, industrial arts, music, theology, and a normal school for teachers. Straight University merged with New Orleans Univesity in 1934 to form Dillard University. The 1909 graduates were: Alice Corinne Butler, Pochahontas Adelaide Jackson, Estella Bertha Scott, John Ovid Catalan, Allison C. Pattillo, Joseph Antonio Thornton, Claudia Ethel Gates, Beatrice Cecelia Lewis, Gertrude Beatrice Moore, Inez Bart, Mary (Clementine) Thropay, and Anne K. Verret.