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The following are diplomas granted to Gallaudet University graduate and undergraduate students and signed by United States President Franklin Roosevelt who was president from 1933 until 1945.
Diplomas were also signed by Percival Hall, president of Gallaudet from 1910 until 1945.
During this period, the school was known as the Columbia Institution for the Deaf which included both the Kendall School primary programs and Gallaudet College.
Franklin D. Roosevelt1933-1945
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May Ruth KoehnBachelor of ScienceJune 13, 1934
Earl Cameron NortonBachelor of ScienceJune 1, 1935
Gallaudet University would like to thank the family of Kenneth, '50, and Audree, '52, Norton for generously donating the diploma of Earl Cameron Norton, '35 to the Gallaudet University Archives.
Ola Mary BenoitBachelor of ScienceJune 3, 1939
Gallaudet University would like to thank Celia May Baldwin '70 for generously donating the diploma of Ola Mary Benoit '39.
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Rhoda S. ClarkBachelor of ScienceJune 3, 1939
Gallaudet University would like to thank Mary Wright on behalf of Rhoda Clark's estate, for generously donating this diploma to the University Archives.
Robert LankenauBachelor of ScienceJune 6, 1942
Frederick SchreiberBachelor of ScienceJune 6, 1942
John GalvanBachelor of ArtsMay 29, 1943
Thanks to Dr. Dennis Galvan, professor of psychology, for generously donating the diplomas of his father, John Galvan, Jr., '43, and mother, Betty Jane Stark, '45, to the University Archives.
Gallaudet University is a federally chartered private and premier university for the deaf and hard of hearing since 1864.
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