The following are diplomas granted to Gallaudet University graduate and undergraduate students and signed by United States President Theodore Roosevelt, who was president from 1901 until 1909.

President Roosevelt presided over the May 1906 Presentation Day (Commencement) exercises.

Diplomas were also signed by Gallaudet President Edward Miner Gallaudet, president of the institution since its founding in 1864 until 1910.

During this period, the school was known as the Columbia Institution for the Deaf and Dumb, which included the Kendall School primary programs and Gallaudet College.

U.S. President

Gallaudet President

Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt


Edward Miner Gallaudet

Edward Miner Gallaudet



Lester Rosson Diploma

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Lester Rosson

Lester Grant Rosson

Bachelor of Philosophy

June 18, 1902


Louis C. Tuck Diploma

Louis C. Tuck

Louis C. Tuck

Master of Arts

June 22, 1904

Gallaudet University would like to thank Carol Copperud on behalf of the estate of her mother, Damaris J. Thompson Copperud, for generously donating Louis Tuck’s diplomas to the University Archives.

Gallery of Diplomas Collection

In 1864, Congress passed a bill authorizing the institution, known as the Columbia Institution for the Instruction of the Deaf and Dumb and the Blind, to establish the National College for the Deaf and Dumb which would provide college-level instruction and confer college degrees. On...

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