Commencement programs are an important archival resource for Governors State University. Not only do they include the list of graduates and the program of events for the ceremonies including the names of speakers, most of them also include biographical information on the honorary degree recipients, a description of the academic costume worn by participants, and a description of the Governors Mace. Some programs also include titles of theses, biographies of community service award recipients, and names of retiring employees and their years of service.

A new addition to our collection are copies of the Honorary Degree Citations provided by Penny Purdue of the President's Office. Please note this collection is missing citations for Eric Hoffer (1977), Henry Mark Petrakis (1980), Robert Petty, Sr. (2005), Dr. Quentin Young (2006), and Dr. Edward Hirsch (2006). The Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degree was first conferred at GSU's 5th commencement ceremony in 1975.

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Commencement 2017

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Commencement Program: 2017, Governors State University

Commencement 2016

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Board of Trustees Chair Brian D. Mitchell Speech, Governors State University

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Commencement Program: 2016, Governors State University

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Debra Earl Speech, Governors State University

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Faculty Senate President Barbara Winicki Speech, Governors State University

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Felice Kimbrew Sings the National Anthem, Governors State University

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Jamelia Hand Speech, Governors State University

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Joseph Klis Speech, Governors State University

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Phillip Richardson Sings the National Anthem, Governors State University

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President Elaine P. Maimon Speech, Governors State University

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Thank You Letter, Karen Caesar-Smith

Commencement 2015

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Commencement Program: 2015, Governors State University

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Honorary Degree Citation: Elizabeth Brackett, Governors State University

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Honorary Degree Citation: Nikki Giovanni, Governors State University

Commencement 2014

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Commencement Program: 2014, Governors State University

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Honorary Degree Citation: Orbert Davis, Governors State University

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Honorary Degree Citation: Scott Turow, Governors State University

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Orbert Davis Speech, Governors State University

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Scott Turow Speech, Governors State University

Commencement 2013

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Commencement Program: 2013, Governors State University

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Honorary Degree Citation: Maria Hinojosa, Governors State University

Commencement 2012

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Commencement Program: 2012 , Governors State University

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Honorary Degree Citation: Charles Lotton, Governors State University

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Honorary Degree Citation: Laurens Grant, Governors State University

Commencement 2011

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Commencement Program: 2011 , Governors State University