First Commencement

Wed., Sep. 26, 1787

After "having obtained leave to use the Presbyterian church," Dickinson College held its first Commencement exercises. Eight orations were delivered and nine degrees were conferred.  The students "performed all these exercises with a propriety and spirit which did them great honor, reflected much credit on their teachers, and gave ground to hope that the sons of Dickinson College will at least equal, in useful and shining talents, those of any other seminary."

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From The Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser, October 15, 1787 (No. 2712).