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Commencement Programs

Identifier: 02/00/05

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of commencement programs from the University of Northern Iowa, State College of Iowa, Iowa State Teachers College, and Iowa State Normal School. They date from 1878 to present. The commencement programs have been digitized in PDF format.


  • 1878 - present


Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions. Materials are open for research.

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Sensitive Materials Statement

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy or similar laws, and the Iowa Open Records Law (see Iowa Code ยง 22.7). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Northern Iowa assumes no responsibility.

Biographical / Historical

The University of Northern Iowa has held commencement exercises for its graduating students since 1877. Initially, one commencement ceremony was hled at the end of the spring term, though over the years, ceremonies were held at the conclusion of other terms as well.


9.59 Linear Feet (23 boxes)


This collection is arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

A copy of the 1976 Centennial Commencement program was donated by Alumni Relations in February 2022.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digitized copy accessible in UNI ScholarWorks.

Processing Information

Collection processed and finding aid written by Student Assistant Keegan Little, March 2019. Updated by Archival Processor Tessa Wakefield, August 2019 and March 2020. Updated by student assistant Katie Currier in March 2021 to update technical access information and include link to the programs in ScholarWorks. Updated by student collections technician Ava Hermanson in August 2023.

  • Final graduation reports that contained Personal Identifiable Information were returned to the Office of the Registrar in March 2023.
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository