Commencement addresses and programs

Every year in April and August Brigham Young University holds commencement ceremonies to honor those students graduating from the institution.  These ceremonies are a time of reflection on the personal achievements of thousands of young people and a look to their future.

Students pose for a picture at graduation in 1904.

Students pose for a picture at graduation in 1904.

The commencement processional in 1947.

The commencement processional in 1947.

Commencement processional in the 1970s.

Commencement processional in the 1970s.

The Brigham Young University Archives is home to two collections that document this important experience.  They are:

  • UA 862 Brigham Young University Commencement Addresses, 1930-2006. This collection contains speeches delivered at the commencement ceremonies at Brigham Young University.  It is arranged chronologically and is not comprehensive.
  • UA 1008 Brigham Young University Commencement Exercises programs, 1890-. This collection contains the commencement exercises programs.  The programs list the graduates and the degree they received as well as who the speakers were.  Click here to see the finding aid for this collection.

To discover what else the Lee Library has about commencement at Brigham Young University you can run an alphabetic search in the library catalog under the Find Books link for “Brigham Young University Commencement” or you can contact the University Archivist at (801) 422-5821 or gordon_daines@byu.edu .

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