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The program of the first commencement of Hope College. The event was held in the Gymnasium that doubled as a chapel and a venue for events such as this. Each of the eight graduates presented an oration interspersed with music. Gerrit Dangemond gave the valedictory oration. The conferring of degrees concluded the program. There is no information as to the length of the great event.
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Hope College, "The Program of the First Commencement of Hope College" (1866). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 379.