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Commencement Records

Identifier: LU-RG03-001
The collection consists of records documenting Commencement ceremonies from 1857 to the present. Records from years prior to 1926 include programs and announcements from Commencement ceremonies and other academic exhibitions. Files from 1926 onward represent Commencement-related records created and maintained by the Office of the President and include materials such as correspondence, citations of awards and honorary degrees, planning documents, and photographs.


  • 1850-2023


Conditions Governing Access

Portions of this collection contain student records and may be restricted. Consult the University Archivist for details.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights and copyright reside with Lawrence University. For uses beyond those allowed for fair use under U. S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.), please contact the University Archivist.


8.57 Linear Feet (8 boxes)

9 Megabytes

Arrangement Note

This collection is arranged in three series: 1. Exhibitions, 1850-1900 2. Commencements, 1857-2017 3. Faculty award citations, 1978-2004

Source of Acquisition

Office of the President
Method of Acquisition Acquisition details for files dating from before 1978 are unknown. Files dating from 1978-2007 were transferred from Sampson House basement to Archives 2007-07-02.

Accruals and Additions

Commencement materials are collected annually.

Processing Information

Preliminary processing completed by Julia Stringfellow in 2007. Finding aid completed by Erin Dix in 2012. Non-substantive material (including diploma purchase orders, program drafts, and degree applications) weeded from the collection by Erin Dix, 2016-11-24.
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Revision Statements

  • 2012-12-10: Finding aid revised to incorporate faculty award citations.
  • 2016-11-24: Revised after weeding.

Repository Details

Part of the Lawrence University Archives Repository

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