At 8:00am, the students, teachers and residents of Athens met in one of the churches to plan for carrying on the school. Teaching was done in the three churches, the Old Fellow´s Hall, the Masonic Hall and store rooms. By such expedients, it was possible to take care of the 300 students. All records had been lost but the students were asked, on their honor, to report their courses and grades.
Because the new building was under construction, the 1911 commencement was held in the grove behind the former site. The event was marked with full ceremonials, the spirits of the college was not dampened by the loss of the old building, but instead were buoyed up by the anticipated new building. Commencement exercises continued to be held outdoors until 1918, when the first commencement was held in the present auditorium. The outdoor ceremony was described as being most impressive and beautiful with the natural setting of the woodland.