Interwar Years

Following the allied victory in 1918, the University life returned to its normal, civilian routines. However, Columbia continued to offer graduate education to military officers.  The ”father of the nuclear Navy,” Hyman Rickover, received a master’s of science in  electrical engineering in 1929, following his graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy. Edward Swain Hope, the first African American lieutenant commissioned into U.S. Navy, an Ed.D from Teachers College.

Naval officers receive engineering degrees at Columbia commencement, June 3, 1930
Naval officers receive engineering degrees at Columbia commencement, June 3, 1930.
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