1881 - Jennie Adams Carter is the first African American woman to graduate from the college.
October 1881 - Professors Jackman and Murphy organize a group of male students into the school's first military company.
1883 - Alumni Association formally organized.
February 1883 - Beard requests a two-month leave, and resigns when it is not granted.
April 2, 1883 - Trustees promote Dr. Theodore Bland Noss from vice-principal to principal; Beard is angered because the election occurred before his term ended.
July 2, 1883 - Election held again and Dr. Noss is officially named principal of the school.
November 20, 1885 - Famed orator and abolitionist Frederick Douglass speaks at the school, defending the "Martyr of Harper's Ferry," John Brown.
1888 - First recorded baseball game played between the Philo and Clio literary societies; Philo wins 15 to 5.
1889 - S.P. West is the first African American male to graduate from the college.