Commencement Speakers & Honorary Degree Recipients 1826-1890

1826-1890 | 1891-1920 | 1921-1939 | 1940-1949 | 1950-1959 | 1960-1969 | 1970-1979 | 1980-1989 | 1990-1999 | 2000-2009
| 2010-2019

*Rensselaer president

No.DateCommencement SpeakerHonorary Degrees
1April 26, 1826Dr. Lewis C. BeckNo honorary degrees
2June 29, 1827Orville L. HolleyNo honorary degrees
3-351828-1861unknownNo honorary degrees
36July 9, 1862*Nathan S.S. BemanNone
37July 8, 1863*Nathan S.S. BemanNone
38June 29, 1864George Gould, JudgeNone
39July 6, 1865*John F. WinslowNone
40July 3, 1866*John F. WinslowNone
41July 2, 1867*John F. WinslowNone
42June 30, 1868*Thomas C. BrinsmadeNone
43June 23, 1869William J. McAlpineNone
44June 21, 1870*James ForsythNone
45June 28, 1871*James ForsythNone
46June 26, 1872*James ForsythNone
47June 17, 1873*James ForsythNone
48June 17, 1874*James ForsythNone
49June 16, 1875*James ForsythNone
50June 14, 1876*James ForsythNone
51June 13, 1877Alfred P. Boller ’61, AMCENone
52June 12, 1878*James ForsythNone
53June 18, 1879NoneNone
54June 16, 1880Francis Collingwood ‘55, C.E.None
55June 15, 1881Clarkson N. Potter ’43None
56June 14, 1882C.E. PattersonLuiz da R. Diaz; C.E.
Charles H. Fisher; C.E.
57June 13, 1883 None None
58June 18, 1884Rev. Charles WoodJames A. Booth; Ph.D.
William B. Cogswell; C.E.
59 June 17, 1885Alfred P. Boller ’61, AM, CE None
60June 16, 1886Capt. Robert Woolston Hunt None
61June 15, 1887Henry R. Pierson, NYS Regent None
62June 13, 1888B. F. Isherwood, Chief Engineer, US Navy None
63June 19, 1889Rt. Rev. Henry C. Potter, Bishop of NY None
64June 18, 1890Matthew Hale, LL.D. & Chauncey M. Depew, LL.D. None