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 Students include: Alexander Anderson, G. Monroe Ashton, Jessie Berry, Luther Carter, Mabel Cleaver, Harold Finley, Maud Howerton, Emily Johnson, George Lewis, Charles Paulson, Miriam Pyle, Milo Rees, William Roberts, Marion Seever, Ethel Smith, Leo Stalker, and Luella Williams.
William Penn University; Wilcox Library Digital Archives