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Commencement Programs

Selected University of Pennsylvania Commencement Programs are available on-line in PDF (Portable Document File) format. Included are the opening pages or entire programs for June commencements from 1925 to the present as well as entire programs for selected earlier years.

Commencement Notes, historical accounts of the University published in each Commencement Program from 1985 to the present are also available online in searchable PDF format.

View, search and print these PDF files with Adobe Acrobat Reader.

For a full list of programs, see the Inventory of the Commencement and Convocation Program Collection (19 pages, 45 kb).

 

Commencement Programs available on line:

1990 - present

2000 commencement program cover

The Commencement programs of 1999 through 2011 measured 8.5 by 11 inches. They were perfect bound and varied in length from 80 pages (2000-2002 and 2007-2010) to 84 pages (2004-2006 and 2011), with 2003 having 82 pages.

  • 2013 (entire)
  • 2012 (entire)
  • 2011 (entire)
  • 2010 (entire)
  • 2009 (entire)
  • 2008 (entire)
  • 2007 (entire)
  • 2006 (entire)
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1993 commencement program cover

    The Commencement programs of 1993 through 1998 measured 8.5 by 11 inches. They were perfect bound and of uniform length, each extending to 96 pages.

    1990 commencement program cover

    The Commencement programs of 1990 through 1992 measured 8 by 11 inches. They were bound by saddle stitch. The 1992 edition was the largest, extending to 84 pages.

     

    1925 - 1989

    1962 commencement program cover

    The Commencement programs of 1948 through 1989 measured 8 by 11 inches. They were bound by saddle stitch. These programs varied in length from 40 pages (1948) to 96 pages (1965).

  • 1989** (entire)
  • 1988** (entire)
  • 1987 (entire)
  • 1986** (entire)
  • 1985** (entire)
  • 1984** (entire)
  • 1983* (entire)
  • 1982 (entire)
  • 1981 (entire)
  • 1980 (entire)
  • 1979 (entire)
  • 1978 (entire)
  • 1977 (entire)
  • 1976
  • 1942 commencement program cover

    The Commencement programs of 1925 through 1947 measured 6 by 9 inches and were bound by saddle stitch. These programs varied in length from 18 pages (1945) to 46 pages (1940).

    * Program cover autographed by the Honorary Degree recipients
    ** Scanned from photocopy of original

     

    Earlier Classes

    1851 program