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Scope and Content Note

This series consists of records that relate to the Winthrop commencement exercises which have been held either on an annual or semester basis since Winthrop’s first graduating class in 1887. The types of records to be found in the inventory include program notes, letters of congratulations, correspondence with potential speakers, agenda notes, newspaper clippings, reserved seat tickets, maps of the college auditorium, lists of commencement committees, telegrams, invitations to commencement exercises, copies of speeches and addresses, lists of possible speakers, graduates and scholarship winners, color slides, photographs, lists of faculty members, purchase requisition forms. Some of the specific activities that have been a part of commencement exercises over the years are: Daisy Chain Procession (begun by the class of 1903), Joint Celebration of the Wade Hampton, Curry, and Winthrop Literary Societies, Class Day Exercises of the Senior Class, The Baccalaureate Sermon or Address, Annual Sermon before the YWCA, Annual Ensemble Concert of the Students of the Music Department, Ivy Procession of the Senior Class, Senior Week, Alumni Day, Debaters League Oratorical Contest, Senior Vespers, (Begun in June 1947), Alumni Weekend (Begun in the 1950s), Faculty/Staff Dinner, and Awarding of Honorary Degrees (Begun in 1966).


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