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WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ COLLEGE FOR THE DEAF

WASHINGTONFeb. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/

Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

Profile America — Tuesday, February 16th. The nation's first college for deaf students traces its beginning to this date in 1857, when Congress incorporated the Columbia Institution for the Instruction of the Deaf, Dumb and Blind. In 1864, the school was federally chartered to confer degrees, the first three of which were awarded in 1869. Those diplomas were signed by President Ulysses S. Grant, and all subsequent diplomas awarded by the school bear the U.S. President's signature. In 1954, the name of the institution was changed to Gallaudet College in honor of Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, a pioneer is educating deaf students. An estimated 9 million Americans are functionally deaf or hard of hearing. About 1,700 of them are seeking a degree from Gallaudet and are among the nation's nearly 19.2 million students enrolled in universities. Profile America is in its 19th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.

Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 3033
Founding/accessed 12/10/2015:
Enrollment/accessed 12/10/2015:
Disability estimate accessed 12/10/2015: University enrollment/t. 1 All Races:

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).