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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Harvard Postpones Commencement Indefinitely, Tele-Education and Tele-Medicine
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman
Founded in 1636, Harvard commencements began in 1642, a handful of graduates alone in its early years, nine in 1642.
There were few college entrants at that time. In the 17th century after the school's founding, there were no graduates in five years, one alone in 1652 and 1654.
Lots of eating, drinking, and "dancings" were part of early commencements that were conducted in Latin.
No one got a diploma until 1813. Anyone wanting one had to enlist a calligrapher to draw it.
One of my relatives, an older generation cousin, produced Harvard's diplomas for the class of 1956 and others for a number of years during the post-WW II period.
No honorary Harvard degrees were awarded until 1692. The first one to a non-academic went to Benjamin Franklin in 1753.
In 1936, George Bernard Sh
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