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Commencement


Since 1877, the University of Northern Iowa has celebrated the graduation of its students from their courses of study with commencement exercises.  These exercises typically included processions in academic regalia, speeches by school officials and visiting dignitaries, and reunions of alumni,  Initially there was one Commencement ceremony at the conclusion of the spring term.  But, over time, exercises were also held at the conclusion of other terms. 

Over the last few years the Special Collections and University Archives staff has assembled highlights of these exercises.  We gathered information primarily from commencement programs, college catalogues, and student newspaper articles.  Information for many years is voluminous.  Information for some early years does not seem to be available at all.

We have divided information about Commencement at the University of Northern Iowa into the ten-year segments noted below.


Commencement program, 1878

 1877-1886

 


Commencement program, 1891

1887-1896

 


Commencement program, 1901

1897-1906

 


Commencement issue of the student newspaper, The College Eye, June 12, 1913.

1907-1916

 


Commencement procession, 1920s, with Wright, Sabin, and Seerley Halls in the background.

1917-1926

 


Commencement procession, 1936.

1927-1936

 


Commencement, sometime in the 1940s

1937-1946

 


 

Commencement, 1949

1947-1956

 


 

Commencement, spring or summer, 1961.

1957-1966

 


 

Commencement, 1976, in the UNI-Dome

1967-1976

 


 

Commencement in the UNI-Dome, 1985

1977-1986

 


 

Commencement, 1993

1987-1996

 


 

Commencement, 1996

1997-2006

 


 

 

2007-2016

 


Page created by University Archivist Gerald L. Peterson, January 12, 2016, with scanning, research, and development by Research Assistant Nick Jordan; last updated, February 12, 2016 (GP).