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Commencement Programs (Georgia Institute of Technology)

Commencement Programs (Georgia Institute of Technology)

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Commencement Programs (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Identification: UP035
Date: 1895-2012
Size/Quantity: 4.2 linear feet (five document cases, ca. 27 bound volumes)
Language: This collection is written in English.
Creator: Georgia Institute of Technology.
Repository: Archives & Records Management, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract:This collection consists of printed commencement programs for the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Note:The programs in this collection are cataloged as T171 .G42 G48X.

Biographical/Historical Note

Graduation exercises at the Georgia School of Technology took place every June during Georgia Tech's early years. Although little is known about the earliest ceremonies, it is likely that graduation exercises began with the first graduating class of 1890 when Tech graduated two men, George G. Crawford and Henry L. Smith. Printed programs for Commencement Day ceremonies appeared in the Georgia Tech Bulletin beginning with the program for June 1895. In these early days the graduation exercises consisted of a single ceremony that included music, prayers, a baccalaureate address, and the conferring of degrees. The programs also usually list the home county of the graduates and the title of their thesis. The ceremony apparently took place on the Georgia Tech campus until about 1902. 1901 was the only year that commencement took place in November, to accommodate the so-called "Insubordinate Seniors."

From 1902 to 1916 the ceremonies were held at the Grand Opera House in Atlanta. The graduation ceremonies returned to the Georgia Tech campus in 1917, but between 1935 and 1938 the location was changed to The Fox Theatre. In 1939 the location once again returned to the Georgia Tech campus. Between 1943 and early 1946 graduations were held three times a year (usually in February, June, and October), presumably so that students could graduate before going to serve in World War II. After the war the commencement ceremonies reverted to the once-a-year schedule, usually in early June, and the venue switched back to the Fox Theatre.

Beginning in about 1970, graduation ceremonies began taking place three times a year, and in 1972 ceremonies began being held at the conclusion of every quarter, or four times a year (March, June, August or early September, and December). Ceremonies once again returned to the Georgia Tech campus in 1970, to the Alexander Memorial Coliseum. When Tech converted to the semester system in the fall of 1999, graduation ceremonies reverted to a schedule of three times a year (May, August, and December).

As of 2009, the ceremonies continue to be held at a location on the Georgia Tech campus (frequently the Ferst Center for the Arts or the Alexander Memorial Coliseum). Because of the number of graduates, sometimes the spring graduations for masters and undergraduate degrees are held at a larger location such as the Georgia Dome.


Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of printed commencement programs for the Georgia Institute of Technology beginning in 1895, when the school was known as the Georgia School of Technology. The individual pages of the earliest programs, which were printed in issues of the Georgia Tech catalog, have been apparently removed from their original volumes.

Each program typically includes an order of the proceedings, often including a beginning invocation followed by the commencement address and conferring of degrees, and concluding with the Alma Mater. Each individual receiving a degree is listed in the program, grouped alphabetically by degree; those receiving honors are usually listed first under each degree. Graduate degrees are listed separately.

This collection includes almost a complete set of programs. For the years preceding World War II, there are no programs for 1899 and 1906. A few more recent programs are also missing, including those for the 196th commencement (September 1997), as well as for the 201st (December 1998), the 234th (August 2009), the 240th (August 2011), and the 243rd and 244th (August and December 2012).


Arrangement

Programs are arranged chronologically.


Index Terms

Commencement ceremonies--Georgia--Atlanta.
Georgia Institute of Technology. Alumni and alumnae.
Georgia Institute of Technology. Degrees.
Georgia Institute of Technology. History.
Georgia Institute of Technology. Students.
Georgia School of Technology. Students.
Graduation (School)--Georgia--Atlanta.
Programs (documents).

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Please cite [Program, Date], Commencement Programs (UP035), Archives, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.

Provenance

This is a collection that has been assembled and cataloged by the Georgia Tech Library and Information Center. Accession no. 2013.020.

Processing Information

Christine de Catanzaro processed these papers in March 2013.

Accruals

Additions of current commencement programs are expected.


Restrictions

Restrictions: Access

None.

Restrictions: Use

Permission to publish materials from this collection must be obtained from the Head of Archives and Special Collections.


Related Material

The Commencement and Baccalaureate Collection (UA370) contains programs, addresses, invitations, instructions, and printed material produced for the commencement and/or baccalaureate ceremonies at Georgia Tech.


Other Finding Aids

A print copy of this finding aid is available in the Georgia Tech Archives reading room.


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11Programme of Commencement Day at the Georgia School of Technology, June 25, 1895
 
12Program of Commencement Day at the Georgia School of Technology, June 24, 1896
 
13Program of Commencement Day at the Georgia School of Technology, June 23, 1897
 
14Program of Commencement Day, June 23, 1898
 
15Program - Commencement Day, June 27, 1900
 
16Program - Commencement Day, November 2, 1901
 
17Program - Commencement Day, June 19, 1902
 
18Program - Commencement Day, June 18, 1903
 
19Graduating Exercises - Georgia School of Technology, June 16, 1904
 
110Program - Commencement Day, June 22, 1905
 
111Commencement Program (photocopy), June 20, 1907
 
112Commencement Program, June 18, 1908
 
113Commencement Program, June 17, 1909
 
114Commencement Program, June 8, 1910
 
115Commencement Program, June 14, 1911
 
116Commencement Program, June 12, 1912
 
117Program - Commencement and Quarter-Centennial Celebration of the Georgia School of Technology, June 2-11, 1913
 
118Commencement - Georgia School of Technology, June 10, 1914
 
119Commencement - Georgia School of Technology, June 9, 1915
 
120Commencement - Georgia School of Technology, June 14, 1916
 
121The Twenty-Ninth Annual Commencement, June 11, 1917
 
122The Thirtieth Annual Commencement, June 10, 1918
 
123The Thirty-First Annual Commencement, June 16, 1919
 

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212The Thirty-Second Annual Commencement, June 8, 1920
 
22The Thirty-Third Annual Commencement, June 13, 1921
 
23The Thirty-Third Annual Commencement (includes booklet for 1922), June 12, 1922
 
24The Thirty-Fourth Annual Commencement, June 11, 1923
 
25The Thirty-Fifth Annual Commencement, June 9, 1924
 
26The Thirty-Sixth Annual Commencement, June 8, 1925
 
27The Thirty-Seventh Annual Commencement, June 7, 1926
 
28The Thirty-Eighth Annual Commencement (2 copies), June 6, 1927
 
29The Thirty-Ninth Annual Commencement, June 11, 1928
 
210The Thirty-Ninth Annual Commencement, June 10, 1929
 
211The Fortieth Annual Commencement, June 9, 1930
 
212The Forty-First Annual Commencement, June 8, 1931
 
213The Forty-Second Annual Commencement, June 6, 1932
 
214The Forty-Third Annual Commencement, June 5, 1933
 
215The Forty-Fourth Annual Commencement, June 4, 1934
 
216The Forty-Fifth Annual Commencement, June 10, 1935
 
217The Forty-Sixth Annual Commencement, June 8, 1936
 
218The Forty-Seventh Annual Commencement, June 14, 1937
 
219The Forty-Eighth Annual Commencement, June 13, 1938
 
220The Forty-Ninth Annual Commencement, June 5, 1939
 
221The Fiftieth Annual Commencement, June 3, 1940
 
222The Fifty-First Annual Commencement, June 9, 1941
 
223The Fifty-Second Annual Commencement, May 16, 1942
 
224The Fifty-Third Commencement (2 copies), February 1, 1943
 
225The Fifty-Fourth Commencement, May 31, 1943
 
226The Fifty-Fifth Commencement, October 25, 1943
 
227The Fifty-Sixth Commencement, February 28, 1944
 
228The Fifty-Seventh Annual Commencement, June 26, 1944
 
229The Fifty Eighth Commencement, October 20, [1944]
 
230The Fifty-Ninth Commencement, February 23, 1945
 
231Commencement - Georgia School of Technology - Spring Term, June 22, 1945
 
232Commencement - Georgia School of Technology - Summer Term, October 19, 1945
 
233Commencement - Georgia School of Technology - Winter Term, February 22, 1946
 
234Commencement - Georgia School of Technology - Spring Term (with Commencement Address), June 21, 1946
 
235The Sixty-Fourth CommencementCommencement - Georgia School of Technology - Spring Term, June 11, 1947
 
236Sixty-Fifth Commencement, June 9, 1948
 
237Sixty-Sixth Commencement - Georgia Institute of Technology, June 13, 1949
 
238Sixty-Seventh Commencement - Georgia Institute of Technology, June 12, 1950
 
239Sixty-Eighth Commencement - Georgia Institute of Technology, June 11,1951
 
240Sixty-Ninth Commencement - Georgia Institute of Technology, June 9, 1952
 
241Seventieth Commencement - Georgia Institute of Technology, June 15, 1953
 
242Seventy-First Commencement - Georgia Institute of Technology, June 14, 1954
 
243Seventy-Second Commencement - Georgia Institute of Technology, June 13, 1955
 

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1956-1969Commencement programs, 1956-1969
Seventy-Third Commencement, June 9, 1956
Seventy-Fourth Commencement, June 8, 1957
75th Commencement, June 7, 1958
76th Commencement, June 13, 1959
77th Commencement, June 11, 1960
78th Commencement Exercises, June 10, 1961
The Seventy-Ninth Commencement Exercises, June 9, [1962]
The Seventy-Fifth Anniversary Commencement Exercises, June 8, 1963
The Eighty-First Commencement, June 13, 1964
The Eighty-Second Commencement, June 12, 1965
The Eighty-Third Commencement, June 11, 1966
The Eighty-Fourth Commencement, June 10, 1967
The Eighty-Fifth Commencement, June 8, 1968
The Eighty-Sixth Commencement, June 14, 1969
 

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1970-1972Commencement programs, 1970-1972
The Eighty-Seventh Commencement, June 13, 1970
The Eighty-Eighth Commencement, September 12, 1970
The Eighty-Ninth Commencement, December 19, 1970
The Ninetieth Commencement, March 19, 1971
The Ninety-First Commencement, June 12, 1971
The Ninety-Second Commencement, September 3, 1971
The Ninety-Third Commencement, December 4, 1971
The Ninety-Fourth Commencement, March 11, 1972
The Ninety-Fifth Commencement, June 3, 1972
The Ninety-Sixth Commencement, August 27, 1972
The Ninety-Seventh Commencement, December 6, 1972
 

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1973-1974Commencement programs (98-105), 1973-1974
 

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1975Commencement programs (106-109), 1975
 

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1976Commencement programs (110-113), 1976
 

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1977Commencement programs (114-117), 1977
 

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1978Commencement programs (118-121), 1978
 

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1979Commencement programs (122-125), 1979
 

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1980Commencement programs (126-129), 1980
 

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1981Commencement programs (130-133), 1981
 

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1982Commencement programs (134-137), 1982
 

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1983Commencement programs (138-141), 1983
 

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1984Commencement programs (142-145), 1984
 

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1985Commencement programs (146-149), 1985
 

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1986-1Commencement programs (150-151), 1986
 

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1986-2Commencement programs (152-153), 1986
 

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1987Commencement programs (154-157), 1987
 

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1988Commencement programs (158-161), 1988
 

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1989Commencement programs (162-165), 1989
 

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1990Commencement programs (166-169), 1990
 

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1991Commencement programs (170-173), 1991
 

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1992Commencement programs (174-177), 1992
 

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1993Commencement programs (178-181), 1993
 

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1994Commencement programs (182-185), 1994
 

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1995Commencement programs (186-189), 1995
 

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1996Commencement programs (190-193), 1996
 

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31-3Commencement programs (194-195, 197), 1997
 
34-6Commencement programs (198-200), 1998
 
37-10Commencement programs (202-205), 1999
 
311206th Commencement, May 6, 2000
 
312207th Commencement, August 4, 2000
 
313Commencement Ceremony [208], December 16, 2000
 
314Commencement Ceremony [209], May 5, 2001
 
315Commencement Ceremony [210], August 3, 2001
 
316Commencement Ceremony [211], December 15, 2001
 
317Commencement Ceremony [212], May 4, 2002
 
318Commencement Ceremony [213], August 2, 2002
 
319Commencement Ceremony [214], December 14, 2002
 

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41-3Commencement programs (215-217), 2003
 
44-6Commencement programs (218-220), 2004
 
47-9Commencement programs (221-223), 2005
 
410-12Commencement programs (224-226), 2006
 
413-15Commencement programs (227-229), 2007
 
416-18Commencement programs (230-232), 2008
 
419-20Commencement programs (233, 235), 2009
 
421-24Commencement programs (236-238), 2010
 

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51-2Commencement programs (239, 241), 2011
 
53Commencement programs (242), 2012