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Commencement records

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-13.1

Scope and Contents

This collection contains speeches, instructions, invitations, exercises, correspondence, minutes, and duplicate programs.


  • Creation: 1862 - 2015
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1862 - 1981


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Historical Note

Commencements at Michigan State University were held annually through 1950. Early in the school’s history, they were held in the late fall, but by 1900 they had shifted to the spring. There were two ceremonies in 1951 (spring and fall) and three per year since then (winter, spring, and fall).


3 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials



Arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

Gift of Madison Kuhn. Other materials transferred by the Office of the Provost.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University.

Property Rights: Michigan State University.

General Note

The first copy of the programs is treated as a serial publication.

This collection is an artificially created record group. This was necessary due to the high reference use of the material and because responsibility for commencements has shifted from unit to unit including the Provost's Office, University Services, and Academic Services.

Commencement Records
4 Published And Cataloged
Wm. McDaid and R. Harms
October 1978
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US