Commencement Materials, 1927-present

Commencement Materials, 1927-present

 

This collection of commencement materials includes programs, invitations, tickets, and other related items.

You'll find a number of omissions here, which indicate gaps in our holdings. We are currently missing programs from the years 1929-1941, 1943-1955, and 1967. Please let us know if you have copies of any missing items and would like to share them for digitizing or donate them to the Archives.

Commencement Traditions

Graduation Chain
In 1927, the first class of Fontbonne began a tradition that is carried on today. Originally connected to the shovel used for the Fontbonne’s ground-breaking in 1924, a bronze chain bears the year of the first graduating class at its head, and each subsequent graduating class is connected by square links inscribed with each graduation year. A new link is added each year at commencement ceremonies to continue this unique part of the University’s history.

Ringing of the Bell
The women of the Class of 1949 donated a bell for the Ryan Hall Chapel. For many years, the bell was rung for a variety of occasions including daily prayers. It is believed that the bell was also rung at each Commencement, with the number of rings coinciding with the year of the graduating class (60 rings in 1960, 74 rings in 1974, and so on.)

In 2000, a new tradition was started and the bell was rung one time for each graduating student as a way for Fontbonne to celebrate each individual student’s effort and success. Now, all graduating students are invited to participate in the ringing at the conclusion of their commencement ceremony.

Image credit: Ticket from the First Commencement at Fontbonne College, 1927 | © Fontbonne University Archives

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2023

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Commencement Program: 2023, Fontbonne University

2022

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Baccalaureate Program: 2022, Fontbonne University

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Commencement Program: 2022, Fontbonne University

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Commencement Program: Winter 2022, Fontbonne University

2021

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Commencement Program: 2021, Fontbonne University

2020

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Commencement Program: 2020, Fontbonne University

2019

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Commencement Program: 2019, Fontbonne University

2018

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Commencement Program: 2018, Fonrbonne University

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Program: FCS Recognition and Hooding Ceremony 2018, Fontbonne University

2017

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Commencement Program: 2017, Fontbonne University

2016

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Commencement Program: 2016, Fontbonne University

2015

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Commencement Program: 2015, Fonrbonne University

2014

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Commencement Program: 2014, Fontbonne University

2013

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Commencement Program: 2013, Fontbonne University

2012

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Commencement Program: 2012, Fonrbonne University

2011

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Commencement Program: 2011, Fontbonne University

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Commencement Program: Winter 2011, Fontbonne University

2010

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Commencement Program: 2010, Fontbonne University

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Commencement Program: International MBA Diploma Ceremony July 2010, Fontbonne University

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Commencement Program: Winter 2010, Fontbonne University

2009

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Commencement Program: 2009, Fonrbonne University

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Commencement Program: Winter 2009, Fontbonne University

2008

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Commencement Program: 2008, Fontbonne University

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Commencement Program: Winter 2008, Fontbonne University

2007

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Commencement Program: 2007, Fontbonne University

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Commencement Program: Winter 2007, Fontbonne University

2006

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Commencement Program: 2006, Fonrbonne University

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Commencement Program: Winter 2006, Fontbonne University

2005

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Commencement Program: 2005, Fontbonne University

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Commencement Program: Winter 2005, Fontbonne University

2004

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Commencement Program: 2004, Fontbonne University

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Commencement Program: Winter 2004, Fontbonne University

2003

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Commencement Program: 2003, Fonrbonne University

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Commencement Program: Winter 2003, Fontbonne University

2002

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Commencement Program: 2002, Fontbonne University

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Commencement Program: Winter 2002, Fontbonne University

2001

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Baccalaureate Program: 2001, Fontbonne University

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Commencement Program: 2001, Fontbonne University

2000

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Baccalaureate Program: 2000, Fontbonne College

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Commencement Program: 2000, Fontbonne College

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Commencement Program: Winter 2000, Fontbonne University

1999

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Baccalaureate Program: 1999, Fontbonne College

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Commencement Program: 1999, Fontbonne College

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Commencement Program: Winter 1999, Fontbonne College

1998

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Baccalaureate Program: 1998, Fontbonne College

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Baccalaureate Program: Winter 1998, Fontbonne College

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Commencement Program: 1998, Fontbonne College

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Commencement Program: Winter 1998, Fontbonne College

1997

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Baccalaureate Program: 1997, Fontbonne College

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Baccalaureate Program: Winter 1997, Fontbonne College