Commencement Speakers & Honorary Degree Recipients 1891-1920

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

64
June 18, 1890
Matthew Hale, LL.D. & Chauncey M. Depew, LL.D.
 None
65
June 17, 1891
Charles Macdonald ‘57, C.E.
 None
66
June 15, 1892
William Metcalf ’58, C.E.
 None
67
June 14, 1893
Joseph H. Mullin ’69, C.E.
 None
68
June 13, 1894
Joseph M. Wilson ’58, C.E.
 None
69
June 12, 1895
Othniel F. Nichols ’68, C.E.
 None
70
June 10, 1896
Theodore Voorhees ‘69, C.E.
 None
71
June 16, 1897
G. S. Morison
 None
72
June 15, 1898
Alfred T. White ’65, C.E.
 None
73
June 14, 1899
Capt. Henry C. Taylor, Commander
U. S. Battleship Indiana, US Navy
 None
74
June 13, 1900
Rear Admiral Mordecai T. Endicott ’68,
Chief of Yards & Docks, US Navy
 None
75
June 19, 1901
Col. Henry G. Prout, Editor, Railroad Gazette
 None
76
June 18, 1902
Capt. Robert Woolston Hunt
 None
77
June 19, 1903
George W. Plympton ’47, Director, Cooper Institute
 None
78
June 20, 1904
Foster Crowell
 None
79
June 14, 1905
Nelson P. Lewis ’79, Chief Engineer,
Board of Estimate and Apportionment, NY City
 None
80
June 13, 1906
Rev. Charles Wood
 None
81
June 12, 1907
W. Harvey Wiley, Chief of the Bureau of Chemistry
 None
82
June 17, 1908
Walter C. Kerr, President, Westinghouse, Church, Kerr & Co.
 None
83
June 16, 1909
Onward Bates ‘75, President, ASCE
 None
84
June 15, 1910
Frank C. Osborn ’80, Osborn Engineering Co.
 None
85
June 14, 1911
Admiral Robert E. Peary,
Civil Engineer Corp, US Navy
 None
86
June 12, 1912
Henry W. Hodge ’85, Consulting Engineer, NY City
 None
87
June 18, 1913
John Sterling Deans, Chief Engineer, Phoenix Bridge Co.
 None
88
June 17, 1914
John Houston Finley, LL.D., President, University of the State of NY
 None
89
June 16, 1915
Hiram F. Mills ’56, Hydraulic Engineer
 None
90
June 14, 1916
Alfred Tredway White ‘65, C.E.
Robert W. Hunt; D.Eng.
91
June 13, 1917
Charles Whiting Baker, Consulting Editor, Engineering News-Record
 None
92
May 1, 1918
Edwin Wilbur Rice, Jr., President General Electric
Onward Bates; D.Eng.
William H. Burr; D.Eng.
Henry W. Hodge; D.Eng.
Francis E. House; M.C.E.
A. C. Humphreys; D.Eng.
Edwin Rice, Jr.; D. Eng.
93
Dec. 21, 1918
Rev. Dr. Joseph H. Odell
 None
94
May 31, 1919
degrees conferred to returning Veterans only
None
95
June 16, 1920
Rev. Dr. Joseph H. OdellCol. Ransom H. Gillett
Herbert C. Hoover; D.Eng.
Leonard Wood; D.Sc.