Reverend Dr. Samuel Valentine Cole, first president of Wheaton College, was one of the most influential figures in the college’s history. He served as a trustee from 1893 to 1925, Secretary of the Board from 1895 to 1908, President of… Read More »
1897 - 1925Samuel V. Cole
Dr. LeBaron R. Briggs, President of Radcliffe College, speaks at Commencement.
This residence hall was built in 1911, designed by Ripley & Russell as a companion building to Larcom Hall. It was named for Mary Jane Cragin, a Seminary teacher of mathematics, natural science, mental philosophy, and general literature from 1851… Read More »
This building was built as a science and assembly hall in 1911. It was the first classroom building to be constructed at Wheaton since the additions made to Mary Lyon Hall in 1878. A wing added in 1941 to provide… Read More »
This house on the corner of East Main and Howard Streets was acquired by the Seminary in 1911 from D. Gregory. An older house on the site burned in 1877 while it was owned by Mrs. Wheaton. In 1986 the… Read More »
Trustees vote to change the name of Seminary Hall to Mary Lyon Hall.
1911 - 1974House in the Pines Established
As part of his plan to change Wheaton from a seminary to college, President Cole writes to Gertrude Cornish, a former Wheaton teacher, suggesting that she open a private secondary school for girls in a large house just east of… Read More »
Dr. David Snedden, the Massachusetts Commissioner of Education, speaks at Commencement.
1912First Baby Party
Baby parties, the first of which occurred in 1912, celebrated the rise from Junior to Senior status. They provided a chance to “let down one’s hair” — literally — and be silly one last time, before becoming a more sedate… Read More »
The senior hoop roll is one of Wheaton College’s most familiar and longstanding traditions. Based on a popular children’s game of the 19th century, Wheaton’s event is reserved for graduating seniors on Class Day, and dates back to 1912.
1912 - PresentWheaton becomes a college
Wheaton Seminary is granted a college charter by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and becomes Wheaton College.
Reverend Charles P. Dole speaks at Commencement.
1913 - 1940Grace F. Shepard
Grace F. Shepard was a member of the English Department from 1913 to 1940 and author of Reference History of Wheaton College (1931).
Reverend George A. Gordon, author and lecturer at Yale & Harvard, speaks at Commencement.
Wheaton awards its first baccalaureate degrees to Margaret Gretchell and Eleanor Lord.
Reverend George Hodges, Dean of the Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge speaks at Commencement.
The first varsity field hockey team is chosen.
George Herbert Palmer, professor of philosophy at Harvard University, speaks at commencement. Learn more about Palmer at Wikipedia.
The first yearbook is published. The Junior class edits it for the Class of 1916.
Reverend George Harris speaks at Commencement.