Commencement Addresses

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Commencement Addresses
Call Number: UA400
Dates: 1851-2014
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: University of Rochester Archives

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Content List
Arts, Sciences and Engineering Ceremony Addresses, 1851-2014 (with gaps), 1851-2014
Addresses at Divisional Commencements
Collection Overview
Title: Commencement Addresses
Call Number: UA400
Dates: 1851-2014
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: University of Rochester Archives

Biographical/Historical Note
The first University of Rochester commencement was held on July 9, 1851. The address was given by the University's Chancellor, Ira Harris. The custom at the time was for every member of the senior class to give a original oration. It was not until the 20th century that inviting an outside speaker to the event became customary. In the 1970s, the University chose to replace a single "commencement speaker" with short addressses delivered by the honorary degree recipients. This would change again in the 2000s, and the current practice is for a main "marquee" speaker to address the attendees.

Scope and Content
This collection consists primarily of the extant texts or excerpts of the commencement addresses delivered at the main Arts, Sciences and Engineering ceremony. One address from the Eastman School of Music, and another from the School of Nursing, are included as a subseries of the main collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
The texts have been preserved in a variety of formats. The earliest speeches appeared in the local newspapers. Speeches delivered by University presidents are in many cases held as manuscripts or typescripts in their respective presidential papers (Anderson, Hill, Rhees, Valentine).Later, texts or excerpts of the speeches were in some cases issued as press releases by the University, with the permission of the speaker. Citation
[Item title, item date], Commencement Addresses, UA400, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
Publisher: University of Rochester Archives
Address: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation
River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
500 Joseph C. Wilson Blvd.
Rochester, New York 14627-0055

Finding aid publication date: 2019-05-01
Content List
Arts, Sciences and Engineering Ceremony Addresses, 1851-2014 (with gaps), 1851-2014
Box 1, Folder 1Harris, Ira: Commencement Address, 1851
Box 1, Folder 2Anderson, Martin Brewer, 1854
Box 1, Folder 3Anderson, Martin Brewer, 1875
Box 1, Folder 4Anderson, Martin Brewer, 1876
Box 1, Folder 5Anderson, Martin Brewer, 1889
Box 1, Folder 6Hill, David Jayne: The true significance of the college graduate, 1895
Box 1, Folder 7Ford, Guy Stanton: The unwritten curriculum, 1938
Box 1, Folder 8Buck, Peter Henry (Te Rangi Hiroa), 1939
Box 1, Folder 9Tucker, Rt. Reverend Beverley Dandridge: The higher loyalties of an education, 1940
Box 1, Folder 10Churchill, Winston, 1941
Box 1, Folder 11Freeman, Douglas Southall: Inter arma non silent, 1943
Box 1, Folder 12The Rt. Rev. Bartel Hilen Reinheimer, 1945
Box 1, Folder 13Prentis, Jr., Henning Webb: The R's of higher education, 1946
Box 1, Folder 14Pearson, Lester Bowles, 1947
Box 1, Folder 15Case, Everett Needham, 1948
Box 1, Folder 16Sayre, Francis Bowes: "America, are you there?", 1949
Box 1, Folder 17Valentine, Alan: Centennial Commencement, 1950
Box 1, Folder 18de Kiewiet, Cornelis W., 1951
Box 1, Folder 19Dubridge, Lee Alvin: Science: One of the liberal arts, 1953
Box 1, Folder 20James, F. Cyril: The pursuit of happiness, 1954
Box 1, Folder 21Nevins, Allan: If this fail, the pillared firmament is rottenness, 1955
Box 1, Folder 22Dewey, Thomas E., 1957
Box 1, Folder 23Hutchins, Robert M., 1958
Box 1, Folder 24Cowles, John: A glimpse at the future, 1959
Box 1, Folder 25Berkner, Lloyd V.: The age when fables came true, 1960
Box 1, Folder 26de Kiewiet, Cornelis W., 1961
Box 1, Folder 27Gardner, John W., 1962
Box 1, Folder 28Weeks, Edward A., 1963
Box 1, Folder 29Perkins, James Alfred, 1965
Box 1, Folder 30Nixon, Richard M.: Academic Freedom, 1966
Box 1, Folder 31Kerr, Clark: Legacies of this generation of students, 1967
Box 1, Folder 32Donovan, Hedley Williams: Your contract with the President, 1968
Box 1, Folder 33Levi, Edward H., 1969
Box 1, Folder 33Wallis, W. Allen, 1971
Box 1, Folder 34Davies, Robertson (honorary degree), 1983
Box 1, Folder 35Keil, John M. '44: A dog's eye view of life and other stories, 1989
Box 1, Folder 36Tantoo Cardinal (Desmond Tutu), 1993
Box 1, Folder 37Leghari, President Farooq Ahmad Khan (honorary degree), 1994
Box 1, Folder 38Moynihan, Daniel Patrick , 1994
Box 1, Folder 39Chu, Steven (honorary degree), 1998
Box 1, Folder 40Bronfman, Edgar, 1999
Box 1, Folder 41Schneider, Mark L. (honorary degree), 2000
Box 1, Folder 42Seligman, Joel, 2006
Box 1, Folder 43Meyer, Barry '64 (Hutchison Medal), 2004
Box 1, Folder 44Matthews, Chris, 2014
Addresses at Divisional Commencements
Addresses delivered at commencement ceremonies for the School of Nursing, Eastman School of Music, Simon School of Business, School of Medicine and Dentistry,and Warner School of Education.

Box 1, Folder 45Henretta, Deborah A. (School of Nursing), 2003
Box 1, Folder 46Strouse, Charles (Eastman School of Music), 2003

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