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The following are diplomas granted to Gallaudet University graduate and undergraduate students and signed by United States President John F. Kennedy who was president from 1961 until 1963.
Diplomas were also signed by Leonard Elstad, president of Gallaudet from 1945 until 1969.
During this period the institution was known as Gallaudet College.
John F. Kennedy1961-1963
Leonard M. Elstad, G-'231945-1969
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Nancy Bloom RarusBachelor of ArtsJune 4, 1962
Gallaudet University would like to thank Nancy Bloom Rarus, '62, for generously donating her diploma.
Powrie Vaux DoctorDoctor of Humane LettersJune 4, 1962
Lawrence Forestal, Jr.Bachelor of ArtsJune 3, 1963
Gallaudet University would like to thank Geraldine Forestal, '91 & G-'93, for generously donating her husband's diplomas.
Marie Kamuchey SmithBachelor of ScienceJune 8, 1964
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