The University of Kentucky commencement programs and invitations dating from 1880-1999 are now available on ExploreUK.
The collection documents ceremonies and extracurricular activities related to
commencement celebrations. The collection consists of programs
(booklets, pamphlets, and commemorative editions), calendars,
invitations, and programs in bound volumes. The materials primarily
relate to various components of the commencement ceremonies but include
other activities, such as, graduation luncheons. The collection is
arranged by decade. Most years are represented within each series;
however, there are noticeable absences, especially in the early decades,
including the 1880s through 1900s. Throughout the first four decades,
the commencement bulletins used informal names different from the University formal name. These include: State College of Kentucky
(1888), Kentucky University (1895), Kentucky State College (1895), and
State University of Kentucky (1909).
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