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An account of the first inauguration at Hope College on this date, and the first commencement, July 17, 1866, in a college publication, entitled, Hope College Remembrancer. Albertus Van Raalte is not present for these significant occasions because he and Mrs. Van Raalte are visiting the Netherlands. [See p. 24.] People who gave speeches during the course of events were: Rev. Mancius S. Hutton, Rev. Isaac N. Wyckoff, Dr. Philip Phelps, Peter Moerdyk (gave his student oration in Latin) William B. Gilmore, Harm Woltman, William Moerdyk William A. Shields, John W. TeWinkle, (Dutch oration) Ale Buursma, and Gerrit Dangremond. The baccalaureate sermon is also printed, pp. 41-50, which was preached by President Phelps in the First Reformed Church. [The first commencement number is dedicated to Samuel B. Schieffelin of New York, a major donor to the college.] The college seal is pictured on the second page. The college chapel/gymnasium and two frame buildings are pictured on p. 21. The words of the college song were written by Philip Phelps and set to music by William G. Gilmore, p. 20.
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Hope College, "An Account of the First Inauguration at Hope College on This Date, and the First Commencement, July 17, 1866, in a College Publication Entitled, "Hope College Remembrancer"" (1866). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 569.