Commencement Past and Present in the Digital Collections

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On a university campus, “May” is nearly synonymous with “graduation” for those lucky students who have completed their programs. There is no shortage of materials in The Portal to Texas History and the UNT Digital Library documenting commencement exercises, including historical UNT ceremonies.

There are more than 250 images in the Portal relating to graduation ceremonies and portraits, including 22 photosfrom UNT ceremonies in 2009 and 2010.

For a historical perspective, there are several turn-of-the-20th-century programs and announcements for ceremonies at “Texas Normal College.” And, according to the 1961 North Texas State College yearbook, the fall graduates numbered 349 - the largest winter commencement on record at the time.

To see more graduation-related items, visit the Portal or the Digital Library.

Congratulations to all of our graduates in the Libraries!

–submitted by Hannah Tarver, Head, Digital Projects Unit