Commencement

Finding Aid 34
Union College Archives


UC 21.1 Commencement


Record Group : 21 (Academic Programs and Services)
Collection : 1
Location : Archive Box


Processing Information : Finding Aid created by
Bruce Miracle on April 9, 2009.


Contents Note: Listings are for programs by year, but can include attached or accompanying material. All are Spring Commencements, unless otherwise noted. Only those listing the ordinal number (i.e. 57th) of the Commencement year will have this information included. Note that 1954 has a separate sub-folder.

Contents Note:   In 2005 the program titles were revised to more accurately reflect the fact that the number on the cover was based on the years since the founding of the college (1879) rather than the actual number of commencements. In 2013 the numbering system for commencements was revised to reflect the actual number of college commencements in the College’s history rather than being based on the year of founding (1879).  Thus both 1999 & 2013 are listed as the 120th Commencement etc. 

 

Contents :

Folder 1 (1895-2000):

  • 1895 – June 6 (six graduates) – has typewritten note attached: “UNION COLLEGE COMMENCEMENT PROGRAM, 1895, MRS. H.R. DYSARD, DONOR (MISS. MAUDE ELLEN TINSLEY)
  • 1896 – June 4 (4 graduates)
  • 1913 – May 29 – Twentieth Annual Commencement – very bad condition; is preserved under clear plastic on stiff paper
  • 1936 – May 28 -Fifty-Seventh Annual Commencement
    (2 copies, one has hand corrections and a pasted picture of the Old Administration Building on the front.)
  • 1954 – June 1 - (items in sub-folder) –
    • Program for Melville Laite (tenor) – May 29, 1954
    • One decorated program for the Junior-Senior Banquet
    • Union College Alumnus for June 1954
    • One typed carbon for speech entitled, Union College: Heir of a Great Tradition – with John Owen Gross written in pencil on first page
    • One typed document entitled,  The Contribution of the Kentucky and Louisville Conferences to Union College
    • Typed page of instructions for Baccalaureate and Commencement
    • Several newspaper clippings concerning the 1954 Commencement
  • 1966 – May 23 - Eighty-Seventh Commencement
  • 1966 (Summer) – August 12 – Eighty-Seventh Commencement
  • 1968 (Summer) – August 16 – Eighty-Ninth Commencement
  • 1969 – June 2 – Ninetieth Commencement
  • 1970 (Summer) – August 14 – Ninety-First Commencement
  • 1971 – May 30 – Ninety-Second Commencement
  • 1971 (Summer) – August 13 - Ninety-Second Commencement
  • 1972 – May 28 – Ninety-Third Commencement
  • 1972 (Summer) – August 11 – Ninety-Third Commencement
    (2 copies)
  • 1973 – May 27 – Ninety-Fourth Commencement
  • 1973 (Summer) – August 10 – Ninety-Fourth Commencement
  • 1974 – May 17 – Ninety-Fifth Commencement (2 copies)
  • 1974 (Summer) – August 9 – Ninety-Fifth Commencement
  • 1975 – May 11 – Ninety-Sixth Commencement
  • 1975 (Summer) – August 11 – Ninety-Sixth Commencement
  • 1976 (Summer) – August 13 – Ninety-Seventh Commencement
  • 1977 (Summer) – August 6 
  • 1979 – May 20 – One-Hundredth Commencement
  • 1979(Summer) – August 4 – One-Hundredth Commencement
  • 1980 – May 18 – One Hundred and First Commencement
  • 1981 – May 17 – One Hundred and Second Commencement
  • 1981 – August 8 – One Hundred and Second Commencement (2 copies)
  • 1990 – May 5 – One Hundred and Eleven Commencement
  • 1992 – May 2 – One Hundred and Thirteenth Commencement
  • 1993 – May 8 – One Hundred and Fourteenth Commencement
  • 1994 – May 7 – One Hundred and Fifteenth Commencement
  • 1995 – May 6 – One Hundred and Sixteenth Commencement
  • 1997 – May 3 – One Hundred and Eighteenth Commencement (3 copies)
  • 1998 – May 3 – One Hundred and Nineteenth Commencement
  • 1999 – May 2 – One Hundred and Twentieth Commencement
  • 2000 – May 7 – One Hundred and Twenty-First Commencement - Attachments include a Lexington Herald Leader article entitled, “We need young America to come alive,” by Lance Williams which recounts Rev. Jesse Jackson’s speech to the graduates, and transcripts of certain parts of the ceremony.


Folder 2 (2001 - 2011):

  • 2001 – May 6 – One Hundred and Twenty-Second Commencement (9 copies)
  • 2002 – May 5 – One Hundred and Twenty-Third Commencement (5 copies)
  • 2003 – May 4 – One Hundred and Twenty-Fourth Commencement (2 copies)
  • 2004 – May 1 – One Hundred and Twenty-Fifth Commencement 
  • 2005 – May 7 – One Hundred and Twenty-Sixth Year Commencement –NOTE:  revision in form of title
  • 2006 – May 6 – One Hundred and Twenty-Seventh Year Commencement (2 copies; 1 DVD)
  • 2007 – May 5 – One Hundred and Twenty-Eighth Year Commencement
  • 2008 – May 3 – One Hundred and Twenty-Ninth Year Commencement
  • 2009 – May 9 – One Hundred and Thirtieth Year Commencement (Contents Note:  3 programs and 2 DVDs)
  • 2010 – May 8 – One Hundred and Thirty-First Year Commencement (2 copies)
  • 2011 – May 7 – One Hundred and Thirty-Second Year Commencement (4 copies; 2 DVDs)

 

Folder 3 (2012 – 2013)

  • 2012 – May 5 – One Hundred and Thirty-Third Year Commencement (3 copies ; 1 DVD ; 1 119th Commencement Activities Schedule )
  • 2013 – May 4 – One Hundred and Twentieth Commencement (5 copies ; 1 DVD) – NOTE: numbering sequence was revised to reflect number of actual commencements
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