Richard Lewis: Graduation Notice & the Making of America project
Richard Lewis (1840-1903) graduated from Polytechnic College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia with a Bachelors in Mining Engineering (BME) in 1868. His thesis was titled "The Ventilation of Coal Mines".
A description of the commencement ceremony and a list of the graduates was published in Scientific American on August 26, 1868. Images of this issue are available through the Making of America project, in which historical books and journals have been archived in searchable form. Different sets of publications are searchable through the Cornell University MOA and the University of Michigan MOA.
Link to the graduation notice. (Scientific American ,Volume 19, Issue 9, page 133).