Bettie Veatch's Diploma
The South Spencer School Corporation has in its possession the diploma of one of the first graduates of the Rockport Collegiate Institute--Bettie Veatch. The other graduate that year was Maggie Sabin. In addition to the diploma, a program from the graduation on June 17, 1868 is in the frame.
The diploma is apparently made of sheepskin and has wrinkled over the years. In the upper left corner is the graduation program. It contains this text:
A line at the bottom of the program reads: Journal Printers Stationers and Binders Evansville
In the lower right corner of the frame is a card that reads: This diploma granted to Betty Veatch, was the first diploma given by what is now Rockport High School. This typed note was apparently added recently and may confuse some to believe that Veatch is the first Rockport High School graduate. Dr. Kate Snyder Busse, 1879, is believed to be the first R. H. S. graduate.
The diploma also contains a ribbon and seal. Rockport Collegiate Institute is embossed around the seal.
This is the text of the diploma. Some words are illegible and will be noted by a dash.
Rockport Collegiate Institute