A Guide to the UT Commencement Records, 1884-2013
The University of Texas at Austin (UT) opened in 1883 with eight professors, four assistants, a proctor, and 221 male and female students. The first set of graduates, consisting of thirteen law students, attended UT commencement on June 14, 1884. By World War I, enrollment rose to 2,254 and by World War II to over 11,000. African Americans were admitted in 1950, and by 1966, there were 27,345 students. Over the next 40 years, the university continued to expand. In 2009 enrollment reached over 50,000, ranking it as one of the top ten largest public universities, and the number of degrees conferred totaled 12,861.
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The UT Commencement Records, 1884-2013, contain programs, an invitation, and audiovisual material documenting the University of Texas at Austin’s graduation commencements. The programs, 1884-1991, 2010-2013, describe the commencement ceremonies and identify graduates, while the audiotapes, VHS, betacam, CDs, and DVDs, 1957-1967, 1990-1998, 2010-2013, record and depict the speeches and guests at the ceremonies. Additionally, the collection contains copies of addresses delivered at the commencements and an 1897 invitation to the commencement ball.
This collection is open for research.
Use of some audiovisual material requires appointment; please contact sound archivist.
UT Commencement Records, 1884-2013, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Revised by Laurel Rozema, July 2010 and March 2011.
Revised by Selena Aleman, February 2017.
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