proceedings were held on the lawn in front of the College
Building (later named Parrish
Hall). Samuel Willets, of New
York presided, and the proceedings were "remarkably
orderly and dignified."
first president, Edward Parrish spoke on the equal education of men
and women: "A peculiarity of this organization,
as contrasted with most others for like purposes, is the association
of women equally with men in its origin and management.”
the call of the presiding officer, Hugh McIlvain, Chairman of the
Building Committee, now stepped forward and laid the key of the front
door of the College, and a large file of receipted bills upon the
desk, stating that "the building, though not in all particulars
completed, is now fit for occupancy.
The sum expended upon it has been $205,480, receipts for which
were now handed for examination by the Board of Managers.
discussion and praise for individual committees, Willets then transferred
the key to the President "selected to have charge of the building
and its inmates, and with much feeling exhorted him and all those
associated with him to a faithful discharge of the responsible trust
reposed in them by the Board of Managers.