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The following are diplomas granted to Gallaudet University graduate and undergraduate students and signed by United States President Lyndon Johnson who was president from 1963 until 1969.
On June 13, 1966, to the surprise and delight of the class of 1966 and their guests, President Johnson made an unannounced visit to the campus to attend the graduation ceremonies. Johnson had also visited the school two years earlier, on June 6, 1964, during Gallaudet's Centennial banquet where he gave a short speech and presented the President's Committee for the Employment of the Handicapped Award for 1964 to Gallaudet College.
Diplomas were also signed by Leonard Elstad, president of Gallaudet from 1945 until 1969.
During this period the institution, which included both the collegiate programs and the Kendall School primary programs, was known as Gallaudet College. In 1969, the Model Secondary School for the Deaf, authorized by Congress in 1966, opened on campus.
Lyndon B. Johnson1963-1969
Leonard M. Elstad, G-'231945-1969
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Rocco Joseph Carmine DeVito, Jr.Bachelor of ScienceJanuary 24, 1964
Thanks to Mrs. Donna LaPlante DeVito, '65, and Mr. Rocco DeVito, '64, for generously donating their diplomas to the University Archives.
Lawrence Forestal, Jr.Master of ScienceJune 8, 1964
Gallaudet University would like to thank Geraldine Forestal, '91 & G-'93, for generously donating her husband's diplomas.
Donna Jeanne LaPlanteBachelor of ScienceJune 14, 1965
Jacqueline Nellessen MannBachelor of Artswith distinctionJune 12, 1967
Thanks to Mrs. Jacqueline Mann, '67 & G-'69, and Mr. Willis Mann, '67, for generously donating their diplomas to the University Archives.
Willis Joel MannBachelor of ArtsJune 12, 1967
Sharon Wood McKinneyBachelor of ScienceJune 3, 1968
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