Approximately 200 people attended the ceremonies, including representatives from state and local government, as well as school officials, faculty, students and friends. Many members of the Dee family were present including Joseph Barker, Margaret Higgenbothem, Dorothy Stevenson, Zola Martin, Charles and Alice Hetzel and others. The presence of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence T. Dee, Elizabeth's aunt and uncle, was of particular significance for a number of reaons. As a member of the board of trustees of the Mary Elizabeth Dee Shaw Foundation, "Uncle Lawry" had played a significant role in the project and had given great support from its inception. Confined to his home with a bad leg, a special effort was made on his part to be present for the dedication of the project in which he was so interested.