Gallery of Diplomas - Benjamin Harrison
The following are diplomas granted to Gallaudet University graduate and undergraduate students and signed by United States President Benjamin Harrison who was president from 1889 until 1893.
President Harrison attended the Presentation Day (Commencement) exercises in May 1889.
President Harrison was also a guest for the unveiling of the iconic campus statue of Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet and Alice Cogswell on June 2, 1889. The statue was created by famed sculptor Daniel Chester French who is best known for his statue of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial. Many distinguished guests were present for the unveiling including inventor Alexander Graham Bell.
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.
Edward Miner Gallaudet
Master of Arts
May 8, 1889