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Commencement and Convocation

 Collection
Identifier: PI-011

Scope and Contents

Items included in the collection relate to commencement ceremonies and, after 1991, convocation. The collection primarily consists of bulletins/programs for these events, but many years contain planning documents, photographs, scripts, speech transcripts, newspaper clippings, and other ephemera related to the events.

Also included in the collection are bound volumes of materials. The first two bound resources are entirely enclosed in mylar and cover annual graduating exercises from 1902 to 1919 and 1920 to 1932. The next three bound resources are the same, but not enclosed in mylar, and cover the years 1932 to 1942, 1943 to 1953, and 1939 to 1953. The final set of bound resources is bound in black and date from 1954 to 1999 (see inventory for more detailed list).

Dates

  • 1895 - 2018

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public.

Conditions Governing Use

For permission to publish, contact the Archivist, Pratt Institute Library.

Biographical / Historical

According to the anniversary count, graduation exercises have been a tradition at Pratt Institute since 1889. The first commencement for which there are records is 1895. Commencements have been held in a multitude of locations, including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Activities Resource Center, Library, Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, and more.

Convocation was first introduced in 1991 as a way to recognize graduates who have received honors.

Extent

4.15 Linear Feet (9 boxes, 16 bound volumes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The Commencement and Convocation collection consists of the programs, planning materials, and other records related to the graduation ceremonies at Pratt Institute since 1895 to the present.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged chronologically by the year that the commencement ceremony occurred. It is not divided into series.

Creator

Title
Guide to Commencement and Convocations
Author
Ian Post
Date
2014
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Pratt Institute Archives Repository

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