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Congratulations 2010 Graduates!

As LSU hosts its 271st commencement ceremony today, Friday May 21st, let’s look at some photographs of graduating classes in the early years of the university. They were quite a bit smaller!

The vignette in the center of the image is of the Louisiana Deaf, Dumb, and Blind Asylum, LSU’s home from 1869 to 1886.

The vignette in the center of the image is of the Louisiana Deaf, Dumb, and Blind Asylum, LSU’s home from 1869 to 1886.

Due to financial and political difficulties in Louisiana, the five members of the class of 1874 would be the last to receive diplomas until 1882.

Due to financial and political difficulties in Louisiana, the five members of the class of 1874 would be the last to receive diplomas until 1882.

The Class of 1893 on the downtown campus. In the back ground are the homes of the treasurer (left) and commandant of cadets (right).

The Class of 1893 on the downtown campus. In the back ground are the homes of the treasurer (left) and commandant of cadets (right).

The class of 1897 produced four lawyers, three engineers, a physician, a preacher, a merchant, a US Army officer, a bookkeeper, and LSU’s treasurer. Note the dog in the foreground!

The class of 1897 produced four lawyers, three engineers, a physician, a preacher, a merchant, a US Army officer, a bookkeeper, and LSU’s treasurer. Note the dog in the foreground!

Class of 1898

Class of 1898

View these and many other unique items in the LSU Sesquicentennial exhibition, “Campus Chronicle: 150 Years of LSU”, on exhibit until May 29 in the Hill Memorial Library galleries.

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