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Commencement Programs, University Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RG-00-05-00

Scope and Contents

The Commencement records include a wide variety of materials such as programs,addresses or speeches made at commencement, calendars, invitations, procession instructions, commencement orations, biographical material, photographs, newspaper clippings, and video recordings that document commencement activities at the University of Nebraska from 1872 to the present. All files are arranged chronologically by year. The bulk of the collection is comprised of programs published for distribution at the University's Annual, Midwinter and Summer graduation ceremonies. The programs outline the order of events for the commencement exercises and list the names of graduates, honorary degree recipients, newly commissioned R.O.T.C. officers and award winners. Programs for the university-wide annual spring commencement exercises are complete for the years 1872 to the present. Some programs for convocation exercises held by the Graduate College and the Colleges of Agriculture and Medicine and Law are included in the collection, as well. The collection also includes cumulated lists of commencement speakers, and the original corrected proofs, as well as bound published copies of some of their orations. Related materials held in the collection include formal commencement invitations, commencement week schedules, baccalaureate service programs, and programs from the School of Music's annual commencement concerts, biographical information on award winners and honorary degree recipients, typed instructions for commencement procession officials, photographs of the procession and ceremony participants, newspaper clippings, video recordings and other materials pertaining to commencement activities at the University of Nebraska. Items of particular interest in the collection include elaborately bound and decorated commencement invitations, numerous black and white photographic images of the annual commencement procession, ceremony, university officials and honored guests. Newspaper clippings included in the collection provide extensive commentary in some cases on notable orations, baccalaureate sermons, music programs, class plays, alumni activities and honored guest associated with the university's commencements over the years. The commencement program for the years 1989-2018 may include both an original program with corrected copies, may include only corrected copies, or may include the original program without any corrections. These are identified on the folder title.


  • 1873-2021



15.00 Boxes

8.0 Linear Feet

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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