Collection, 1952-2007, n.d.

3.5 cu. ft. (9 document boxes, 2 irregular boxes)

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This collection is open.

Commencement is the ceremony for officially conferring degrees for graduating undergraduate and graduate students. Commencements have taken place in the spring every year since 1952 with the graduation of Brandeis' first class. In 1952 and 1953 commencement took place at the Library Triangle. From 1954 through 1991 the graduation ceremonies took place at the Ullman Amphitheater with the exception of 1971, in which graduate students graduated in the Spingold Theater building and the undergraduates at the Three Chapels Area. Since 1992, graduations have been held at the Gosman Sports and Convocation Center. Notable commencement speakers and honorary degree recipients have included Eleanor Roosevelt, Barbara Jordan, Yitzak Rabin, E. L. Doctorow, and Saul Bellow.

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Scope and Contents
Files in this collection were created from 1952 through 2007. Materials include programs, memos, invitations, photographs, speeches, schedules, press releases, and press clippings. Most of the files concern baccalaureate, university Commencement, and departmental commencement exercises. Other files include basic biographical information--including photographs--on honorary degree recipients and their speeches, along with a summary list of recipients from 1952 through 1997. Some memos discussing the planning of commencements are included. This collection also contains press clippings and correspondence regarding the controversy about the publication of E. L. Doctorow's 1989 commencement address in the Brandeis Review.

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Commencement (boxes 1-10)

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Series Summary
Inclusive Dates: 1952-2007, n.d.
Arrangement: Chronological
The material is arranged by year, with a summary of honorary degree
recipients located at the front of the collection. A small group of
audio and video tapes covering several graduations ranging from the
1980s through the 1990s are included at the end of the collection.

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Folder List
Box 1
          Honorary Degree Recipients--Totals, 1953-1997
          Commencement, 1952
          First graduating class of Brandeis University, 1952 [photograph]
          Gus Ranis: first graduate of Brandeis University, 1952 [photograph]
          Commencement, 1953-1965 [13 folders]
Box 2A
          Commencement, 1966-1969 [4 folders]
Box 2B
          Commencement, 1970 [2 folders]
Box 3
          Commencement, 1971-1973 [6 folders]
Box 4
          Commencement, 1973-1975 [ 6 folders]
          Convocation for Ephraim Katzir, 1975
          Middlesex Alumni Reunion Honoring C. Ruggles Smith, 1976
          Commencement, 1976-1977 [5 folders]
Box 5
          Commencement, 1978-1984 [9 folders]
Box 6
          Commencement, 1985-1990 [6 folders]
Box 7
          Commencement, 1991-1997 [9 folders]
Box 8
          Commencement, 1998-2007 [11 folders]
Box 9
          35th Commencement, 1986
          Commencement Photography Service; Frank Mix Photography, n.d.
          1988 Commencement--set-ups, 1988
          38th Commencement exercises, 1989 [2 tapes]
          39th Commencement exercises, 1990
          41st Commencement procession, 1992 [2 tapes]
          Ushers 99%--audio set-up, n.d.
          Training for Marshals--Commencement, n.d.
          Commencement, 1998          
     Audio cassette tapes
          Brandeis Commencement--Ullman Ampitheater, 1989 [2 tapes]
          Commencement, 1994 [2 tapes]
          Commencement Address--Samuel O. Thier, 1994
          Commencement Address--Desmond Tutu, 2000 [2 copies]
          Psychology Department Ceremony, n.d.
          Fellows CMT Banquet, [2 tapes]
Box 10
     Video tapes
          M. Howard Productions--The Brandeis University Honorary Degree, 1994
          Commencement eve dinner, 1998 [2 tapes]
          Commencement, 2000

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Additional files on Commencement are located in the Dean of Arts and Sciences records, in the Administration series.