Jacob Gould Schurman, 1892
The inauguration of Jacob Gould Schurman took place on Friday, November 11, 1892 at 10:30 a.m. in Armory Hall. The university suspended all activities for the day. The procession of students, faculty, officers, and Trustees, numbering about 1000, proceeded from the Arts Quad to the Armory, led by the University Band. The procession entered the hall to the “Austrian Army March,” played by Gartland’s Orchestra of Albany, NY. Addresses were given on behalf of the students, alumni, faculty, and Trustees. Henry W. Sage, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, presented the Charter and Seal to the President. President Schurman used his inaugural address to retell the story of the Morrill Act, and to excoriate the state of New York for not having given one cent of support to its fledgling land-grant university. He asked for an annual appropriation from the state of “not less than $150,000!” He also listed special needs, such as faculty salaries, dormitories and scholarships, for which he would seek private support.
Blueprint for seating at Schurman's inauguration