A Guide to the James Madison University Commencement Programs, 1910-2019:UA 0050

A Guide to the James Madison University Commencement Programs, 1910-2019:UA 0050

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number UA 0050


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Processed by: Phillip Wong, 2019

Repository
Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Collection Number
UA 0050
Title
James Madison University Commencement Programs, 1910-2019
Extent
1.6 cubic feet; 4 boxes
Creator
James Madison University
Language
English .
Abstract
The James Madison University Commencement Programs, 1910-2019, consist of four boxes (1.6 cubic feet) of commencement programs and supplementary materials for graduation ceremonies held at James Madison University.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection.

Use Restrictions

Copyright for official University records is held by James Madison University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu).

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], [box #, folder #], James Madison Universtiy Commencement Programs, 1910-2019, UA 0050, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

Commencement programs have been collected from multiple sources over time, including official university affiliates and alumni collections.

Accruals

The most recent commencement programs are added to this collection every semester.


Bio/Historical Note

The first commencement program at the State Normal School for Women was held from June 7-14, 1910, as the first commencement programs were held over a period of days with events spread out over the course of the ceremony. The first commencement program began with a play by the senior class, continued throughout the week with a recital by the music department, commencement services and sermons led by local clergy, and ended with an address by the then-governor of Virginia William Hodges Mann and the presentation of diplomas by Samuel P. Duke at the local courthouse assembly hall.

In subsequent years, the commencement ceremonies followed a similar format (a sermon on the first day, activities in the subsequent days, and diplomas handed out on the final day) over a shorter span of time. For a period of time, all events took place during a single day, until 2011 when commencement ceremonies were held over the course of multiple days during the first weekend of May. All commencement ceremonies that follow 2011 adhere to this three-day format: the Graduate School commencement occurs on the first day, the University Program commencement begins the second day ceremonies, and College/Departmental commencement programs occur on the second and third day. These ceremonies take place in a variety of locations on campus, including the Quadrangle, Bridgeforth Stadium, the lawn of Duke Hall, Alumni Centennial Park, and the Festival Ballroom.

Scope and Content

The James Madison University Commencement Programs, 1910-2019, consist of four boxes (1.6 cubic feet) of commencement programs and supplementary materials for graduation ceremonies held at James Madison University. Some items of note include programs from the very first commencement ceremony held by the university when it was still a State Normal School and programs from the 2019 Nursing School Spring commencement ceremony.

Commencement programs typically document graduates' names, their major or program of study, students graduating with honors, other honors and awards, and speakers.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.


Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • Commencement ceremonies
  • James Madison University
  • Madison College
  • State Normal School for Women at Harrisonburg (Harrisonburg, Va.)
  • State Normal and Industrial School for Women (Harrisonburg, Va.)
  • State Teachers College at Harrisonburg (Harrisonburg, Va.)
  • Genre and Form Terms:

  • Programs (documents)

Container List

Box:Folder 1
1
Commencement Programs, 1910-1920
Box:Folder 1
2
Commencement Programs, 1921-1930
Box:Folder 1
3
Commencement Programs, 1931-1940
Box:Folder 1
4
Commencement Programs, 1941-1950
Box:Folder 1
5
Commencement Programs, 1951-1960
Box:Folder 1
6
Commencement Programs, 1961-1970
Box:Folder 1
7
Commencement Programs, 1971-1980
Box:Folder 1
8
Commencement Programs, 1981-1984
Box:Folder 2
1
Commencement Programs, 1985-1988
Box:Folder 2
2
Commencement Programs, 1989-1990
Box:Folder 2
3
Commencement Programs, 1991-1993
Box:Folder 2
4
Commencement Programs, 1994-1995
Box:Folder 2
5
Commencement Programs, 1996-1997
Box:Folder 3
1
Commencement Programs, 1998
Box:Folder 3
2
Commencement Programs, 1999-2000
Box:Folder 3
3
Commencement Programs, 2001-2002
Box:Folder 3
4
Commencement Programs, 2003-2004
Box:Folder 3
5
Commencement Programs, 2005-2006
Box:Folder 3
6
Commencement Programs, 2007-2008
Box:Folder 4
1
Commencement Programs, 2009-2011
Box:Folder 4
2
Commencement Programs, 2012-2013
Box:Folder 4
3
Commencement Programs, 2014-2015
Box:Folder 4
4
Commencement Programs, 2016-May 2018
Box:Folder 4
5
Commencement Programs, December 2018-2019