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Michigan State Agricultural College

BY PRESIDENT ABBOT

There were to be two terms of study a year, the first term from the first •Wednesday of April to the last Wednesday in October; the second term from the first Wednesdav in December to the last Wednesday in February; Students were to labor daily, and during the first term of each year, not less than three nor more than four hours a day, and none were to be "exempt from such labor except in case of sickness or other infirmity. "
The secretary was to keep a full record of improvements and experiments, and of the crops of each field. Tuition was to be free to citizens of the State.
INAUGURATION
On the 16th of June, 1857, the Governor and several officers of the State government, the officers elect of the institution, and a large concourse of citizens from various parts of the State, and some sixty-one students (increased to ninety-seven before the close of the term) ready to form the first class being gathered, the college was formally dedicated by the board of education to the purposes for which it was designed. The Hon. H. L. Miller, president of the board, first made a few remarks. He closed with saying, "I deem it peculiarly appropriate to recognize the guardianship of that one great Being, who is before all human powers. " Rev. George Willard, member of the board, then read the third chapter of Proverbs; prayer was offered, and the Hon. John R. Kellogg, the senior member of the board, then delivered, in an appropriate speech, the institution and farm into the charge of the president and faculty, who had been previously chosen.

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