From the 25 June 1887 issue of The New York Times.


NEW-ORLEANS, June 24.—At the Commencement exercises at Tulane University last night Col. William Preston Johnston, the President, announced that the degree of Doctor of Laws was conferred by the University upon Gen. G. W. C. Lee, son of Gen. Robert E. Lee and President of Washington and Lee University. Col. Johnston spoke of Gen. Lee as an exemplar for the young men of the South. As a student at West Point he took first honors. As a soldier of the old army he won high reputation, as a General of the Confederacy he distinguished himself, as a Professor in the Virginia Military Institute he performed the laborious duties of Professor of Engineering with great credit. For the past 17 years as President of Washington and Lee University he had conducted one of the first institutions of the country as a worthy successor of his father. In concluding his remarks Col. Johnston said: “Fulfilling every dut as citizen, soldier, and Christian gentleman, his life a model for the youth of the country, we feel that there should be conferred upon him the first honorary degree conferred by Tulane University upon anybody.”