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University of Central Florida Commencement Video Collection

Identifier: UA27D

Scope and Contents

Series I: Commencement Videos, 1998-2005 holds video cassette and DVD copies of graduation ceremonies for various Spring, Summer, and Fall terms at UCF between the years of 1998 and 2005. In some cases, the commencement speaker and time of day for the ceremony is given.


  • Created: 1998-2005



The entire collection is open for research.

Copyright Statement

Unpublished records are protected by copyright. Permission to publish quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical or Historical Information

In President Millican's introduction of astronaut John Young as the charter commencement speaker in 1970, he said that the two men share "a common desire with FTU; we both like to reach for the stars." Since that commencement of 422 students, hundreds of thousands more earned FTU and UCF degrees. Commencement ceremonies have varied in location, grew in ceremony length, and featured diverse commencement speakers. Starting in the Orlando Municipal Auditorium, FTU and UCF commencement ceremonies have taken place in the Reflection Pond, on the green outside of Colborn Hall, and most recently in the UCF Arena. Some of the university's most historic moments took place during commencement ceremonies including the address delivered by United States President Richard Nixon in 1973. Commencement ceremonies are important not only for the students who are awarded with degrees but for the message commencement speakers and university administrators give to the class and public. As John Young stated in his 1970 speech before being given and honorary degree by President Millican, "What happens to the world depends on the individual. There is no reason that life can't be made better on this planet except us and that is our challenge."


3 boxes (3.0 Linear Feet)


The collection contains video cassettes and DVD copies of graduation ceremonies for UCF undergraduate, graduate, and PhD students.

Arrangement Note

The collection is comprised of one series. The series lists colleges alphabetically and then chronologically.

Method of Acquisition

Amy Swinford transferred these materials to the University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collection and University Archives in 2005 (CFU2005_32) and in 2006 (CFU2006_06).

Accruals and Additions

Collection Identifier: CFU2005_32; Additions: CFU2006_06

Related Materials

For more information on university archives, please see our website. Further information about this collection may be found in the University of Central Florida News and Information Collection, University of Central Florida Office of the President: Charles N. Millican Papers, University of Central Florida Office of the President, University of Central Florida Audio, Visual, and Multi-Media Collection, and the University of Central Florida Photograph Collection

Processing Information

Collection processed by Jonathan Teasley and finding aid prepared by April Karlene Anderson in 2007. The video cassette tapes have been placed in acid free containers. The DVD's have been housed in archival DVD sleeves, placed in acid free folders, and stored in an acid free container.The finding aid was updated for consistency among all collections by Mary Rubin in 2012, resulting in edition 2. The finding aid was placed into Archon, with adjustments made for Archon and resulting in edition 3, by Mary Rubin in 2015. The acquisition method field and the subjects were updated by Kryslynn Collazo in 2018, resulting in edition 4.
University of Central Florida Commencement Video Collection
Jonathan Teasley and April Karlene Anderson
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Repository Details

Part of the UCF University Archives Repository

Special Collections & University Archives
University of Central Florida Libraries
P.O. Box 162666
Orlando Florida 32816-2666 US
(407) 823-2576