A world-class institute of changemakers in the deaf and signing community.
Since 1864, we have been investing in and creating resources for deaf and hard of hearing children, their families, and the professionals who work with them.
Over 50 degree programs, with online and continuing education for personal and professional development.
Innovating solutions to break down barriers, and using science to prove what does and doesn’t work.
We make it easy for you to apply and enter here.
Ready to take the next step toward a college education?
Make lasting memories and grow in ways you never thought possible.
Currently Gallaudet Archives has no examples of diplomas signed by United States President James Garfield who was president from March until September of 1881.
In his many years in Congress before becoming president, Garfield had been a strong advocate for the institution and was much beloved by the deaf community. He visited the campus in May of 1881, giving what is known to be his last public address, before being assassinated in July at a Washington, D.C. train station (Garfield did not die until September). It is also said that this visit was the only social function outside of the White House that he attended in his short tenure as president. Gallaudet students raised money to commission a bust of Garfield which sits in Chapel Hall. The bust was created by sculptor Daniel Chester French who also made the university's iconic statue of Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet and Alice Cogswell and is famous for his sculpture of Abraham Lincoln which resides in the Lincoln Memorial.
Diplomas were also signed by Gallaudet President Edward Miner Gallaudet, president of the institution since its founding in 1864 until 1910.
During this period, the school was known as the Columbia Institution for the Deaf and Dumb which included the Kendall School primary programs and the National Deaf-Mute College.
James A. Garfield1881
Edward Miner Gallaudet1864-1910
Gallaudet University is a federally chartered private and premier university for the deaf and hard of hearing since 1864.
Copyright © 2021 Gallaudet University. All rights reserved.
800 Florida Avenue NE Washington, D.C. 20002
Spring 2021 – Dec 12Fall 2021 – May 15