The first Commencement was in 1875 with Linda Ninde Dorland graduating. Commencement typically lasted all day starting with the Baccalaureate, and ending either with the President or a professor hosting the Commencement Dinner. In later years, it would be accompanied with music from the Penn music ensembles. Speeches were given from various professors and alumni, as well as the entire senior class. The subjects the students spoke on were completely up to them, but generally revolve around what they studied, or learned at Penn. Graduating class includes: Howard Beach, Lee Beier, Fannie Boyce, Lorinda Boyd, Earl Burdock, Lorena Carter, Hulda Clarke, Edith Davenport, Elvira Edris, Eleanor Eves, Mildred Faust, Charles Griffith, Russell Hartman, Christina Hendry, Dorothy Holt, Hazelle Hull, Omer Johnson, Laurice Klose, Vera McCracken, Ethel McKibben, Erma Marsh, Larkin Martin, Howard Michener, Margaret Morgan, Olema Mote, Hazel Norris, Hugh O'Neal, Charles Ott, Mary Packer, Conrad Rechtenwald, Helen Reed, Bertha Rinden, Annie Shaw, Hazel Stegner, Tunis Vanderwilt, Alfred Ware, Willard Ware, Hannah Williams, and John Winslow.
William Penn University; Wilcox Library Digital Archives