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TCU Commencement Programs now available online

Tue, 01 Sep 2015Posted by Mary Saffell
1894 commencement program cover

Special Collections is pleased to announce that Commencement Programs dating from 1891 through 2015 are now available through the TCU Digital Repository. These programs are frequently requested by researchers and document where and when the ceremonies were held, the names of graduates and degrees awarded, honored speakers, and more.

Commencement ceremonies were held once a year until 1924. Beginning in 1925, two ceremonies were held, a Spring commencement in late May or early June, and a Summer commencement held in August. This tradition continued until 1990, when Spring and Winter commencements were held in May and December, respectively. During World War II the university shifted to a trimester program with shorter courses held in between. This allowed students in the V-5 and V-12 programs to fit more courses into their schedule, graduate earlier, and become commissioned officers. As a result, four graduation ceremonies were held each year in 1944 and 1945. After the war, regular semesters and graduations resumed.

Commencement exercises have been held in a variety of locations across the campus, including the former Administration Building (now Dave C. Reed Hall), campus lawns, Ed Landreth Auditorium, Amon Carter Stadium, and Daniel Meyer Coliseum. In recent years, commencement has been held at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

TCU has hosted many notable commencement speakers including the presidents of UT, Texas A&M, SMU, Baylor, Texas governors, congressmen, mayors, and journalists. In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson gave the commencement address.

We are excited to make this collection widely available to our researchers and the TCU community.

1894 commencement program cover

1894 Commencement program


Allison Kirchner contributed to this article.


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Reviewed May 25, 2012 by Special Collections staff.