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Commencement Programs and Official Graduate Lists

Identifier: RG24.0001.007

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Scope and Contents

The collection consists of programs from graduation commencement ceremonies, including corresponding official graduate lists, as provided by the Office of the Registrar. They are arranged chronologically and date from 1857, the year of the first graduating class of the State University of Iowa. Commencement event planning details spanning 1928 to 1950 are also included, as are convocation programs for some years.

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Note: Effective in 2005, the Official List of Graduates is no longer printed on paper by the Office of the Registrar. Instead, it is transmitted via email to the University Archivist, who transfers it to a CD as a PDF file to be stored in this collection (box 25). Note the file-naming format used for existing list files when saving future lists to the CD.

The Office of the Registrar has also discontinued distributing the Official List of Graduates via the Web, effective in 2009.

As of 2008, the summer commencement ceremony has been discontinued. Summer graduates are listed in the fall commencement program/official list.


  • Creation: 1857 - 2021


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.


13.00 Linear Feet

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Method of Acquisition

Commencement programs and official graduate lists are provided to the University Archives by the Office of the Registrar on a continuing basis.

Related Materials

Lists of graduates are also included in some editions of the University General Catalogs from prior to 1940. (RG01.0008.001).

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Revision Statements

  • 2024 June: Unprocessed commencement program accessions (2024.003UA, 2022.041UA, 2023.100UA, 2024.036UA, 2023.067UA, and 2024.023UA) added to collection by Rachel Poppen.
  • 2024 July: LOC-catalogued commencement programs were integrated into the collection by Rachel Poppen.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242