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This Week in Princeton History for June 24-30

By April C. Armstrong *14

In this week’s installment in our recurring series, Commencement moves to the beginning of summer, students start their own scholarship fund, and more.

June 26, 1844—For the first time, Commencement is held in June rather than September.

"Commencement of the College of New Jersey, June 26, 1844"
Program for 1844 Commencement. Princeton University Commencement Records (AC115), Box 1.

June 27, 2003—After her chance encounter with a freelance journalist at Reunions, Daily Candy’s piece on Laurie Kaufmann ’99’s purse designs appears online. Kaufmann’s website gets 60 orders and 70,000 hits, kicking off ongoing press coverage of her designs.

June 28, 1822—The New York Spectator reports that students at Princeton have formed a scholarship program (The Education Society of Nassau Hall) to support the education of “youth of superior natural talents, and unblemished morals.” Dues of 50 cents per meeting or five dollars for a lifetime membership will be used to raise funds.

June 29, 1871—Stephen Wyble, the Princeton staffer students call “Dutch Steve,” sets sail for Germany to see his friends for the first time in 24 years.

For the previous installment in this series, click here.

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