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Commencement and Convocation Ceremonies Collection

Identifier: BC14-01

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection contains speeches, press, planning documents, honors and awards, programs, memorabilia, and recordings relating to the commencement ceremonies of Barnard Collge and Columia University. The collection also contains programs from convocation ceremonies of Barnard College.

Speeches were given by prominent women leaders, writers, and activists including Toni Morrison, Eleanor Elliott, Francine du Plessix Gray, Lillian Hellman, Hillary Clinton, Madeleine Albright as well as Barnard leaders including Presidents Ellen Futter, Millicent McIntosh, Jacquelyn Mattfeld, Judith Shapiro, Deborah Spar, and College Trustees Helene Kaplan and Anna Quindlen.


  • Creation: 1893-2014; 2017-2018, 2023



This collection has no restrictions.

Publication Rights

Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Barnard Archives and Special Collections. The Barnard Archives and Special Collections approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.


7.43 Linear Feet (13 boxes, 2 cartons)




This collection consists of materials relating to the commencement and convocation ceremonies of Barnard and College Columbia University.

Collection Arrangement

Materials are arranged by type, and chronologically therein.

Physical Location

This collection is located in the Barnard Archives and Special Collections, Barnard Library. To use this collection, please contact the Barnard Archives and Special Collections at 212.854.4079 or

Aquisition Information

This collection is comprised of a number of acquisitions transferred from both individuals and offices at Barnard College, including Communications and Dean of Studies. For many acquisitions in this collection, the date and source is unknown.


Additions are expected.

Processing History

This collection was processed and the finding aid written by Hilary Price in July 2015.

Descriptive Rules Used: Finding aid adheres to that prescribed by Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Encoding: Machine readable finding aid encoded in EAD 2002.

Finding aid written in English.


Guide to the Commencement and Convocation Ceremonies Collection
In Progress
Hilary Price
© 2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Barnard Archives and Special Collections Repository

3009 Broadway
New York NY 10027 United States