Yale University will celebrate the renaming of its residential college in a “ceremonial baptism” Sept. 5.
The ceremony comes after years of protests over the college being named after John C. Calhoun, a former U.S. vice president who supported slavery and a Yale graduate.
Seven months ago, Yale renamed Calhoun College in honor of Grace Murray Hopper, a pioneering mathematician who received both a master’s degree and a doctorate from Yale.
“The atmosphere around the college is extraordinarily upbeat right now,” Head of Hopper College Julia Adams told the Yale Daily News. “Many students have told me how much they are looking forward to the baptism of the college.”