The printed program for the first Commencement exercises held for Maine State College in Orono, Maine August 7, 1872.
Within the Annual Report for 1872, President Allen noted, "The day which had so long been looked forward to, as the great event in the history of student life, and which had been the occasion of so much solicitude to the friends of the institution, dawned bright and beautiful. The graduation of the first class marks an epoch in the history of the college which will be remembered with satisfaction as a successful manifestation of what can be accomplished in giving a liberal and practical education to those who are to engage in industrial pursuits. This small class is an earnest of the abundant harvest of trained workers in the great field of productive toil. The exercises of the day were creditable to the institution, and the commencement parts gave great satisfaction to the large audience" (p.11).
Similar remarks were included with detailed coverage in the Bangor Daily Whig & Courier, August 8, 1872, page 3, column 5.
Maine State College, "Commencement Program, Maine State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, August 7, 1872" (1872). General University of Maine Publications. 297.
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