Event DateEvent Name
06-07-1883William Battle Phillips earned the first doctor of philosophy degree (Ph.D.) given by the University and the first to be awarded by a public university in the South. In addition, Henry Horace Williams received the University's first "earned" master of arts degree (M.A.). Previously, the University gave M.A. degrees to any graduate who had practiced a profession (law, medicine, or the church) for three years and paid the requisite fee.
09-20-1883The Elisha Mitchell Scientific Society was founded. Composed of faculty, staff, and alumni of the University's science and mathematics departments, the society was organized to commemorate the name and contributions of Elisha Mitchell by fostering scientific research and disseminating scientific knowledge.
11-10-1883The first monthly meeting of the Elisha Mitchell Scientific Society was held.