Gallery of Diplomas - Ronald Reagan

The following are diplomas granted to Gallaudet University graduate and undergraduate students and signed by United States President Ronald Reagan who was president from 1981 until 1989.

Diplomas were also signed by Edward C. Merrill, Jr., president of Gallaudet from 1969 until 1983. The next Gallaudet president to preside over commencement exercises was Jerry C. Lee, president from 1984 until 1987.

In 1986, Gallaudet College become Gallaudet University. Alumni were offered commemorative diplomas with the new school name.

Finally, in 1988, I. King Jordan, '70, began his term as Gallaudet president. Dr. Jordan's appointment followed the landmark Deaf President Now protest when students and alumni objected to the selection of Dr. Elisabeth Zinser, a hearing woman, as president. The week-long protest gained world-wide attention and support and led to the selection of Jordan, the university's first deaf president. The protest is often noted as being a catalyst for the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990.

U.S. President

Gallaudet University Presidents

U.S. President Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan
1981–1989

Merrill
Edward C. Merrill, Jr.
1969–1983

Lee
Jerry C. Lee
1984–1987

I. King Jordan
I. King Jordan, '70
1988–2006

1981

1981 Aldridge
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*Thanks to Linnea Ellen Aldridge, '81, for generously donating her diploma to the University Archives.

Linnea Ellen Aldridge
Linnea Ellen Aldridge
Bachelor of Arts
December 17, 1981

1981 Carmichael
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*Thanks to Robbie Jane Carmichael, '79 & G-'81, for generously donating her diplomas to the University Archives.

Robbie Jane Carmichael
Robbie Jane Carmichael
Master of Arts
May 18, 1981

1981 David Wayne King diploma
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*Thanks to David Wayne King, '81, for generously donating his diploma to the University Archives.

David Wayne King
David Wayne King
Bachelor of Arts
May 18, 1981

1981 Janet Sue Rothenberg diploma
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*Gallaudet University would like to thank Janet Rothenberg Weinstock ’78 & G-’81 for generously donating her B.A. and M.A. diplomas.

Janet Sue Rothenberg
Janet Sue Rothenberg
Masters of Arts
May 18, 1981

1982

1982 Valerie Lynn Dively
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*Thanks to Valerie Lynn Dively, '82 & G-'84, for generously donating her diplomas to the University Archives.

Valerie Lynn Dively
Valerie Lynn Dively
Bachelor of Arts
May 14, 1982

1982 Pellerin
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*Thanks to Andre Pellerin, '82, for generously donating his diploma to the University Archives.

Andre Pierre Pellerin
André Pierre Pellerin
Bachelor of Arts
December 14, 1982

1984

1984 Mona Blanchette McCubbin
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*Thanks to Ms. Mona Blanchette McCubbin, '84, for generously donating her diploma to the University Archives.

Mona Blanchette McCubbin
Mona Blanchette McCubbin
Bachelor of Arts
May 1984

1984 Valerie Lynn Dively
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*Thanks to Valerie Lynn Dively, '82 & G-'84, for generously donating her diplomas to the University Archives.

Valerie Lynn Dively
Valerie Lynn Dively
Master of Arts
December 1984

1984 Debra Siel Lawson
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*Thanks to Debra Siel Lawson, G-'84, for generously donating her diploma to the University Archives.

Debra Siel Lawson
Debra Siel Lawson
Master of Arts
May 1984

1986

1986 Gerald Burstein
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*Thanks to Mr. Gerald "Bummy" Burstein, '50 & H-'86, for generously donating his diplomas to the University Archives.

Gerald Burstein
Gerald "Bummy" Burstein
Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa
June 1, 1959

1986 Susan Mozzer Mather
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*Thanks to Dr. Susan Mather, G-‘86, professor of linguistics, for generously donating her diploma to the University Archives.

Dr. Susan Mozzer Mather
Dr. Susan Mozzer Mather
Master of Arts
May 1986

1986 Commemorative Jennifer Witteborg
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*In 1986, when Gallaudet College became Gallaudet University, alumni were offered commemorative diplomas with the new school name. This donation was made by Jennifer Witteborg who received her original bachelor of arts degree in 1983.

Jennifer Grinder Witteborg
Jennifer C. Grinder Witteborg
Bachelor of Arts
1983
*Commemorative Diploma
1986

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