Ever wondered what a Princeton Commencement ceremony was like in the 1700s? Well, on the off chance you did, we’ve got an answer for you.
This article was published in the New-Hampshire Gazette – Dartmouth wouldn’t be founded for another three years — on October 24, 1766. It had been written exactly a month earlier, on September 24th, but in the late 1700s, it was quite common for reports on distant events to be published weeks or months after the events had take in place.
For the curious, “Mr. Finley” refers to Samuel Finley, Princeton’s fifth president. Also, all of those “f” looking letters that you’re seeing are actually “s”s; thus, “pleafure” is really “pleasure.” If you’d like to know why the printers used this type of typeface, feel free to ask your friendly neighborhood History major. Let’s all be glad that at modern commencements, we no longer have to explain to the audience what we’ve learned at our four years at Princeton.