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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau
WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
COLLEGE FOR THE DEAF
Profile America - Sunday, February 16th. The nation's first college for deaf students traces its beginning to this date in 1857, when Congress incorporated the Columbia Institution for the Instruction of the Deaf, Dumb and Blind. In 1864, the school was federally chartered to confer degrees, the first three of which were awarded in 1869. Those diplomas were signed by President Ulysses S.Grant, and all subsequent diplomas awarded by the school bear the U.S. President's signature. In 1954, the name of the institution was changed to Gallaudet College in honor of Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, a pioneer is educating deaf students. Gallaudet University reckons there are some 11 million deaf people in America. About 1,800 of them are seeking a degree from Gallaudet, and are among the nation's nearly 20 million students enrolled in universities. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 3033
http://www.census.gov/hhes/school/data/cps/2012/tables.html t. 1 All Races
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