This small room in the oldest building constructed for the University of Leiden would look fairly unassuming, if it weren’t for the fact that it’s walls are covered top-to-bottom with doctorate recipients’ signatures and graffiti.
The names, dates, and other memorial markings scribbled on the walls are part of a tradition that started when the room was an antechamber where students would wait to defend their dissertations or learn the results of the doctoral exams.
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