The very first commencement ceremony at Harvard University took place in 1642, where just nine students graduated and moved on to religious and political careers. The school had been established just six years earlier on September 8, 1636 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Not only is Harvard University nearly 150 years older than the United States itself, but it's one of just three colleges or universities in the United States that was established during the 1600s. This infographic from Playground Equipment lists the oldest schools in every state across the United States, based on colleges and universities specifically. Aside from Harvard University, the other two colleges in the United States that were established were College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia (1693) and St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland (1696). Other notable colleges on this infographic include Yale University (1701 in New Haven, Connecticut), Princeton University (1746 in Princeton, New Jersey) and Columbia University (1754 in New York, New York).
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