The following are diplomas granted to Gallaudet University graduate and undergraduate students and signed by United States President William Taft, who was president from 1909 until 1913. 1

Diplomas were also signed by Gallaudet President Edward Miner Gallaudet, president of the institution from 1864 until 1910. President Percival Hall succeeded Gallaudet from 1910 until 1945.1

Until 1911, the school was known as the Columbia Institution for the Deaf and Dumb, the corporate name then was shortened to the Columbia Institution for the Deaf. The institution included both the Kendall School primary programs and Gallaudet College.1

U.S. President1

Gallaudet Presidents1

William Howard Taft

William Howard Taft1


Edward Miner Gallaudet

Edward Miner Gallaudet1


Percival Hall

Percival Hall1



Homer Earl Grace Diploma

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Homer Earl Grace

Homer Earl Grace1

Bachelor of Arts1

June 21, 1911

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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