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Commencement Committee, Faculty Senate Records

Identifier: RG-04-02-04

Scope and Contents

The Commencement Committee records consist of materials generated by or collected by the Committee in the course of its annual commencement preparations. The files cover the years 1949-2019 and are arranged chronologically, with some multi-year folders covering issues or preparations under consideration for more than one year. The records include minutes, reports, correspondence, commencement instructions, seating plans, selected commencement programs, newspaper clippings, and some photographs. Documented committee work includes the change of venue for annual commencements from the University Coliseum to Pershing Auditorium, constitution of the commencement Marshall Corps, the University's 1969 Centennial Commencement, and efforts to personalize commencement exercises.


  • Creation: 1949-2019


Conditions Governing Access

The records are only minimally processed but are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights and copyright reside with the University of Nebraska. For permission to reproduce or to publish, please contact Archives & Special Collections.

Biographical / Historical

The Faculty Senate Commencement Committee is responsible for all commencement arrangements. Over the years, the committee gathered input from students, faculty, staff, and administrators about policies and traditions related to the University's commencement activities and forwarded recommendations to the university chancellor and the Commencement Committee.


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Related Materials

RG 00-05-00, Commencement Programs, University Records

Wetzel, Annette. The History of University of Nebraska Commencement Ceremonies from 1872 to 2004: A Case Study Examining the Role of Secular Ritual in Institutional Branding. M.A. Thesis. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2004. LOVE LD 3565 2004 W4573.

Finding aid prepared by Sarah Glover, 2022.
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries Repository

Archives & Special Collections
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries
P.O. Box 884100
Lincoln NE 68588-4100 United States