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University History: Event: Higher Education Act


Signing of the Higher Education Act

"Lyndon Johnson returned to his alma mater on November 8, 1965, to sign the Higher Education Act, one of the most important pieces of legislation to be enacted during his presidency and a cornerstone of his Great Society. -- Connections: Lyndon B. Johnson in San Marcos, p.32.

For the story of the signing, along with photographs and remarks made by President Johnson upon signing the Higher Education Act, see Connections: Lyndon B. Johnson in San Marcos, pages 32-41. 

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Thwarted by the weather

Footnote to history: The Higher Education Act of 1965 was to have been signed on the steps of the Main Building.  The weather had other plans.  In the photographs above, the man on the left wearing a light jacket and a hat is LBJ.