June 8, 1926: The ceremonial parade at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Commencement was led by President Samuel W. Stratton and his escort, Chief Marshall Colonel A. Macomber. Out of the 637 degrees awarded,  four women received degrees; three for bachelor of science and one in public health. Dr. Michael I. Pupin, director of the Phoenix Research Laboratories at Columbia University and president of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, gave a speech entitled “The Idealism of Science.”