COMMENCEMENT AND THEREAFTER
THE first fruits of the Worcester County Free Institute of Industrial Science were displayed on July 26, 1871. Fifteen survivors of the original class were graduated and one other received a certificate for completion of a partial course. The successful ones were: Henry P. Armsby, Everett J. Bardwell, Frederick W. Bateman, William R. Billings, Walter L. Chaloner, F. Walter Hamilton, Edward K. Hill, Robert E. Holgate, Elmer P. Howe, Samuel S. Jennison, William A. Nelson, Herbert Nichols, George A. Thompson, Edward F. Tolman, Edwin H. Whitney, and Frank 0. Whitney. Of the sixteen who failed to reach the Commencement platform, seven had withdrawn to go to work, three because of illness, and one to obtain funds for completion of the course the following year. One had died and only four had been dismissed for inability to do the work.
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