In this week’s installment of our recurring series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, a delayed cookie shipment arrives, Commencement moves to a new home, and more.
June 12, 1996—Cookies mailed to Princeton-in-Asia intern Laura Burt on November 1, 1995 finally arrive unopened in Wuhan, China.
June 13, 1894—Commencement Exercises are moved from the First Presbyterian Church (which will later be renamed Nassau Presbyterian Church) to the new Alexander Hall (also known as Commencement Hall) for the first time, where they will be held until 1922.
June 14, 1959—Harold Medina rereads Woodrow Wilson’s original baccalaureate to the Class of 1909. Two are so taken with the speech that they start a movement to have it reprinted and given to the incoming Class of 1963.
June 15, 1885—College president James McCosh says that he has reconsidered his position: “I have hitherto discouraged all proposals to make Princeton College a University. I am of opinion, however, that the time has now come for considering the question. … I think we can make Princeton College…a high class university.”
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