Moment #006: The First Class Graduates
POSTED ON: May 10, 2019
The first commencement at The Cooper Union is held on June 28. Peter Cooper delivers the commencement address. 353 people received certificates, according to the Second Annual Report in January 1861, which reads, in part:
"...over 1000 pupils remained in the Institution at the close of the term in June last, when the examinations took place, and the certificates were awarded. The examinations were voluntary, and hence the number who actually received certificates was 363, whose names are appended to this Report. It was deemed better not to compel examinations, as the fear of a public trial would deter many, especially those advanced in life, from joining the classes."