This 4-cent stamp honoring the role higher education has played in the cultural and industrial development of the United States was first placed on sale at the Washington, DC, post office on November 14, 1962. This stamp was issued to coincide with the annual meeting of The Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges.
Designed by Henry K. Bencsath, the stamp features the traditional "lamp of learning" against a bas-relief map of the United States. The arrangement of the colors required two passes through the Giori presses, resulting in two plate numbers on each pane. It was issued in panes of fifty stamps each and had an initial printing of 120 million authorized.
Postal Bulletin (October 18, 1962).