Representatives from some of the world's most important universities attend Rice's opening festivities on October 10-12, 1912. The New York Times reports that these academics represent an "array of learning seldom...assembled in the United States." They witness Lovett's announcement that Rice will become an international university in reputation and influence. Speakers at the Formal Opening's Academic Festival include Dutch naturalist Hugo de Vries, French mathematician Emile Borel and chemist Sir William Ramsay of London. The papers are published in the Book of the Opening: volume 1 http://www.archive.org/stream/bookofopeningofr01in#page/n11/mode/2up, volume 2 http://www.archive.org/stream/bookofopeningofr02in#page/n9/mode/2up and volume 3 http://www.archive.org/stream/bookofopeningofr03in#page/n9/mode/2up.