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Title:Commencement Committee records
Dates:1912-2002
Call Number:A54
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1. Eligible Degree Candidates, 1945-1985 (bulk 1961-1985)
Volume:2.50 cubic ft.
Arrangement:

Chronological
Summary:

This series contains lists of candidates eligible for degrees. The lists were submitted to the commencement committee by NU colleges before the graduation ceremonies. The lists often contain grade point averages and student identification numbers. This series also contains correspondence among individual colleges, students, and NU administrative offices concerning a student's eligibility status.
BoxTitleDate
11945, 1961-19751945, 1961-1975
21976-1982 June1976-1982
31982 September -1984 May1982-1984
41984-1985 June1984-1985
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2. Northeastern Commencements, 1912-2000
Volume:4.00 cubic ft.
Arrangement:

Chronological
Summary:

This series makes up a bulk of the collection and documents NU's commencement ceremonies between 1912 and 2002. Material directly relating to the ceremony itself includes commencement programs, baccalaureate sermon programs, invitations, tickets, copies of honorary degree certificates, and the procedural guidelines for the ceremonies. There are scattered commencement addresses, particularly between 1945 and 1985, including the full text of the speech given by Senator John F. Kennedy in 1956 (Box 5, Folder 43). Texts of the President's Charge are commonly found beginning in the 1960s. Copies of the student oration are sporadic after 1976. There are also a few programs from the separate commencement ceremonies of some of NU's part-time programs. Planning records are also available for scattered ceremonies between 1963 and 1988. There are also notes from the Commencement Committee, primarily to-do lists and internal memoranda concerning personnel procedures, as well as a few pins which committee members wore at ceremonies. The series also contains publicity records between 1959 and 1988, relating to the press coverage of the ceremonies. These records include press releases and guidelines, information about honorary degrees candidates, and information about specific graduate students. There is also information documenting a canceled ceremony in May 1988, during which Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela were to receive honorary degrees. In addition, there is information about the Excellence in Teaching Award presented at the 1987 and 1988 commencement ceremonies.
BoxTitleDate
51912-1916 (5 folders)1912-1916
519191919
51921-1922 (2 folders)1921-1922
51924-1947 (26 folders)1924-1947
51949-1957 (9 folders)1949-1957
5-91959-1997 (193 folders)1959-1997
91999-2002 (4 folders)1999-2002
9Commencement Committee pinsn.d.
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3. School of Law, 1977-2000
Volume:0.10 cubic ft.
Arrangement:

Chronological
Summary:

This series documents the commencement ceremonies of the School of Law, beginning in 1977 when it first held its own ceremony. Records include programs, press releases, student stories, commencement addresses, information on honorary degree candidates, and procedural instructions for the ceremonies.
BoxTitleDate
91977-1979 (3 folders)1977-1979
91984-1987 (11 folders)1984-1987
919891989
919961996
920002000
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4. Divisions and Institutes, 1921-1950
Volume:0.10 cubic ft.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical
Summary:

This series documents the commencements of the affiliated divisions and institutes of NU. There are programs from the baccalaureate sermons of NU's five evening divisions: Bridgeport, New Haven, Providence, Springfield, and Worcester. For the Lincoln Institute, there are commencement programs and the procedure for awarding diplomas. For the Huntington School, there are commencement programs.
BoxTitleDate
9Bridgeport Division1923
9The Huntington School1921-1949
9The Lincoln Institute1934-1943
9New Haven Division 1924-1925, 1927
9Providence Division1923-1941
9Springfield Division1923-1950
9Worcester Division1923-1942
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5. Formularies, 1976-1989
Volume:0.25 cubic ft.
Arrangement:

Chronological
Summary:

This series contains the formularies for commencement ceremonies between 1976 and 1989. These are the procedural guidelines for the actual commencement ceremony. Included are formularies for the morning and afternoon June ceremonies, the School of Law ceremonies, and the September ceremony.
BoxTitleDate
10-111976-19891976-1989
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6. Audio-Visual, 1965-1993 (bulk 1965-1979)
Volume:0.75 cubic ft.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical and Chronological
Summary:

This series contains audio-visual recordings of scattered commencement ceremonies. There are two VHS tapes relating to the commencement address of President Clinton in 1993 and 16mm films of ceremonies between 1965 and 1977. The audio material consists of cassette tape recordings of speeches between 1977 and 1987.
BoxTitleDate
Audio-Visual Recordings
13n.d.n.d.
141965 (2 16mm film reels)1965
141967 (1 16mm film reel)1967
121968 (1 16mm film reel)1968
141969 (2 16mm film reels)1969
121972 (2 16mm film reels)1972
131973 (3 16mm film reels)1973
121975 (1 16mm film reel)1975
12Sept. 1977 (1 16mm film reel)1977
121993 morning ceremony, Grad-U-Vision (1 VHS tape)1993
121993, Clinton's Address, Channel 5 News (1 VHS tape)1993
Audio Recordings (cassette tapes)
13June 1977, President Ryder's p.m. address1977
13Sept. 1977, President Ryder's address1977
13, 14 June 1978, Rev. Jesse Jackson's and Senator Claiborne Pell's addresses (3 copies)1978
13June 1979, Senator Paul Tsongas's and President Ryder's addresses1979
13Sept. 1979, President Ryder's address1979
13May 1986, Helen Caldicott, School of Law Commencement address1986
13June 1986, Elizabeth Dole, A.M. address1986
13June 1986, William Bulger, P.M. address1986
13June 1987, Barney Frank, A.M. address1987
13June 1987, Doris Kearns Goodwin, P.M. address1987
13Sept. 1987, Lee Hee Hos address1987
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