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Happy Birthday PhD - Yale GSAS awarded 1st Ph.D. in US this day 1861

Event time

Thursday, July 25, 2024 - 12:00am to 11:59pm
Event description: 

Welcome to the birthplace of the PhD. At the Commencement exercises on July 25, 1861, Yale became the first institution in the US to award the PhD, with 3 Phds conferred that Day. The first PhD diploma is all in Latin, as they are today. The PhD is still the highest degree awarded by Yale University.

If you’re in a PhD program at Yale or elsewhere in the US, a Yale Graduate School alumnus/a or a PhD from anywhere else, you can celebrate the birthday of the PhD today!

Open to: 
Graduate and Professional