Last graduating class of Florida State College. First class to wear caps and gowns. L-R standing: Ruby Diamond, Burton Belcher, Arthur Shutan, David Cook, William Byrd, Bershe Meginniss Oven. L-R seated: N. Clare Bowen, Robert McCord, Grace Cramer, Frank Gammon, Agnes Apthorp Proctor.
1897 - 1905: The Platonic Debating Society was founded by students of the Florida Seminary West of the Suwanne River on December 17th, 1897. As such, it was the first iteration of the over 120 year history of academic debate at Florida State University.