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-

*Rensselaer president

No.

Date

Commencement Speaker

Honorary Degrees

1-35
1826-1861
No commencement speakers or honorary degrees
36
July 9, 1862
*Nathan S.S. Beman
 None
37
July 8, 1863
*Nathan S.S. Beman
 None
38
June 29, 1864
George Gould, Judge
 None
39
July 6, 1865
*John F. Winslow
 None
40
July 3, 1866
*John F. Winslow
 None
41
July 2, 1867
*John F. Winslow
 None
42
June 30, 1868
*Thomas C. Brinsmade
 None
43
June 23, 1869
William J. McAlpine
 None
44
June 21, 1870
*James Forsyth  None
45
June 28, 1871
*James Forsyth
 None
46
June 26, 1872
*James Forsyth
 None
47
June 17, 1873
*James Forsyth
 None
48
June 17, 1874
*James Forsyth
 None
49
June 16, 1875
*James Forsyth
 None
50
June 14, 1876
*James Forsyth
 None
51
June 13, 1877
Alfred P. Boller ’61, AMCE
 None
52
June 12, 1878
*James Forsyth
 None
53
June 18, 1879
 None  None
54
June 16, 1880
Francis Collingwood ‘55, C.E.
 None
55
June 15, 1881
Clarkson N. Potter ’43
 None
56
June 14, 1882
C.E. Patterson
Luiz da R. Diaz; C.E.
Charles H. Fisher; C.E.
57
June 13, 1883
 None  None
58
June 18, 1884
Rev. Charles Wood
James A. Booth; Ph.D.
William B. Cogswell; C.E.
59
 June 15, 1885  None  None
60
June 16, 1886
Capt. Robert Woolston Hunt
 None
61
June 15, 1887
Henry R. Pierson, NYS Regent
 None
62
June 13, 1888
B. F. Isherwood, Chief Engineer, US Navy
 None
63
June 19, 1889
Rt. Rev. Henry C. Potter, Bishop of NY
 None
64
June 18, 1890
Matthew Hale, LL.D. & Chauncey M. Depew, LL.D.
 None