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First Students Arrive

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Facts hinting the excitement over the inaugural class’ arrival on October 5, 1909 were an incomplete auditorium and borrowed pews serving as the first desks. Time-bound facts were kerosene lamps as the light source and number of incoming students, totaling 123 and including 104 women and 19 men. As for timeless facts, included was reprinted text from the first president’s speech, given a month later. His speech reflected the hope and promise he perceived.