Stephen Graduates July 1, 1870

1870 Graduation B
1870 Graduation B 1870 Graduation B Two momentous events take place in Stephen's life on July 1, 1870. He completes his education at Brockport Normal School. The graduation ceremony shows he gives an oration, "Republics". Note the sly comment the newspaper publishes: "Should have been matrimony." Seventeen students receive diplomas that day. Which came first? 

The graduation ceremony or his marriage?