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Creator:Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.).
Title:Clinton Commencement collection
Dates:1993
Call Number:A51
Location:30/1
Volume:3.00 cubic ft. (5 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract:The collection comprises items from Northeastern University's June 1993 Commencement. Matted photographs created as part of an exhibit by NU's Office of University Photography make up a majority of the collection. The photographs depict the ceremony, as well as a gathering after the ceremony. Also included are stickers from the exhibit, numerous newspaper clippings about the ceremony, copies of the commencement program, tickets from the ceremony, and memoranda written to the NU community. The collection also contains the academic robe that WJC wore during the ceremony, a copy of the address he gave, and two videocassette tapes of the ceremony.
Historical Abstract:On June 19, 1993 Northeastern University (NU) held its 91st commencement ceremony at the Boston Garden in the North End. The morning ceremony featured the recently inaugurated President William Jefferson Clinton (WJC) as the commencement speaker. WJC, who was the 42nd President of the United States (1993-2001), received an honorary Doctorate of Public Service at the ceremony. NU began courting WJC soon after his inauguration on January 20, 1993. Leading NU's efforts was Tom Keady, NU's Government Relations Director. Lobbyists on behalf of NU included Senator Edward Kennedy, Representative Joseph Moakley, Christopher "Kip" O'Neill, former Governor Michael Dukakis, Boston Mayor Flynn, and University Counsel William Hulsey, who as a NU co-op student had interned in the Arkansas Governor's mansion with then Governor Clinton. Approximately 800 institutions had invited WJC to speak at their commencements. On May 3, 1993 WJC narrowed his choices to NU and Dartmouth College. Two days later, the White House announced its decision.
Arrangement: Arranged in one alphabetical sequence.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Clinton, Bill, 1946-

  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). -- Commencement

  • Baccalaureate addresses -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Commencement ceremonies

Restrictions:The collection is unrestricted.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Stein Helmrich, November 2001