University Commencement Records
Scope and Contents
Collection contains commencement programs and related material as well as Honorary Degrees and Distinguished Nevadans, from 1889 to the current time. Some additional information on special graduation ceremonies is also included, as well as commencement scripts from President Joe Crowley.
Commencement programs only reflect the names of those who indicated they would be participating at the event. The programs do not include the names of all those graduating.
- Nevada State University (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.
The first commencement ceremony was held by the Nevada State University in 1889; three students received their degrees that year. All three graduates delivered speeches before receiving their Bachelor of Arts, conferred by the president of the University, S. A. Jones. The over 2.5-hour ceremony was held in the McKissick Opera House in Reno, Nevada with music played by a full orchestra.
Over the years, commencement has changed as the University changed. Currently, commencement is held twice a year, in the winter and spring, at the University. Winter Commencement takes place in Lawlor Events Center, while Spring Commencement is held on the University's historic quad. Due to the number of graduates, the Spring ceremony is held over the course of multiple days.
6 Linear Feet (12 boxes)
Language of Materials
Commencement programs and related material. Honorary Degrees. Distinguished Nevadans, from 1889 to the current time. Some newspaper clippings, including coverage of the Hindu Baccalaureate service.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Commencement programs obtained from faculty and staff attendees of the events through time, along with periodic transfers from University Events (2012, 2015).
- Guide to the University Commencement Records
- Jessica Maddox
- August 2018
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description