Commencement

Past Commencement Ceremonies

1876-1884

Information Unknown

1885

Date: Wednesday, June 10, 1885
Time: Morning
Location: Unknown
Address: Rev. Augustus R. Winfield

1886-1888

Information Unknown

1889

Date: June 12, 1889
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Central Collegiate Institute, Altus, Ark.
Address: Rev. N. B. Fizer, Augusta, Ark.

1890

Information Unknown

1891

Date: Wednesday, June 17, 1891
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Tabor Hall
Address: Unknown

1892-1894

Information Unknown

1895

Date: June 19, 1895
Time: Unknown
Location: Unknown
Address: Hon. William Simonton McCain, Little Rock, Ark.

1896-1905

Information Unknown

1906

Date: Wednesday, June 6, 1906
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Auditorium
Address: Unknown

1907-1909

Information Unknown

1910

Date: Unknown
Time: Unknown
Location: Chapel in College Hall
Address: Unknown

1911

Date: Wednesday, June 14, 1911
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Unknown
Address: Dr. David Y. Thomas

1912-1914

Information Unknown

1915

Date: Wednesday, June 9, 1915
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Auditorium
Address: Bishop Elijah Embree Hoss

1916

Date: Wednesday, June 14, 1916
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Unknown
Address: Dr. E. B. Chappell, a prominent Methodist minister in the St. Louis Conference

1917

Date: Monday, May 21, 1917
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Unknown
Address: Wallace Townsend, "America's Responsibility in the War"

1918

Date: Wednesday, June 12, 1918
Time: Unknown
Location: Unknown
Address: Unknown

1919

Date: Saturday, June 7, 1919
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Unknown
Address: Dr. Philip Cone Fletcher, pastor of First Methodist Church in Little Rock, “The Man and the Hour Meet”

1920

Date: Tuesday, June 8, 1920
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Unknown
Address: Dr. Raymond A. Schwegler

1921

Date: Tuesday, June 7, 1921
Time: Unknown
Location: Main auditorium
Address: Dr. Edwin L. Earp

1922

Date: Tuesday, June 6, 1922
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Auditorium
Address: Dr. Ivan Lee Holt, pastor of St. John’s Methodist Church, St. Louis, Missouri

1923

Date: Tuesday, June 12, 1923
Time: Unknown
Location: Unknown
Address: William Paul Davidson '12

1924

Date: Tuesday, June 10, 1924
Time: Unknown
Location: Auditorium
Address: Dr. Alexander C. Millar, former president of Hendrix College

1925

Date: Tuesday, June 9, 1925
Time: Unknown
Location: Unknown
Address: Dr. Henry Nelson Snyder, "What Abides in a Changing World?"

1926

Date: Tuesday, May 8, 1926
Time: Unknown
Location: Chapel Hall
Address: Dr. Gilbert T. Rowe

1927

Date: Tuesday, June 8, 1927
Time: Unknown
Location: Chapel auditorium
Address: Bishop Hiram Abiff Boaz, "The Growing of a Good Citizen"

1928

Date: Monday, June 4, 1928
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: On the campus
Address: Dr. John H. Reynolds, president of Hendrix College

1929

Date: Monday, June 3, 1929
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: On the campus if weather conditions permit
Address: Dr. Walter W. Parker

1930

Date: Monday, June 2, 1930
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: On the campus
Address: Dr. Charles W. Pipkins

1931

Date: Monday, June 1, 1931
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Unknown
Address: Henry Sloane Coffin, president of Union Theological Seminary, New York City

1932

Date: Monday, May 30, 1932
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: On the lawn between the Administration Building and the Lily Pond
Address: Dr. Ivan Lee Holt, pastor of St. John’s Church, St. Louis, Missouri

1933

Date: Tuesday, May 30, 1933
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: On the lawn between the Administration Building and the Lily Pond
Address: John N. Heiskell, editor of the Arkansas Gazette

1934

Date: Tuesday, May 29, 1934
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: On the lawn between the Administration Building and the Lily Pond
Address: John H. Finley, editor of the New York Times

1935

Date: Tuesday, May 28, 1935
Time: Unknown
Location: Unknown
Address: Dr. Emory Holloway '1906, author and winner of Pulitzer Prize

1936

Date: May 25, 1936
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: On the lawn between the Administration Building and the Lily Pond
Address: Dr. Roger W. Babson, entrepreneur and business theorist, "Lessons I Have Learned from Hard Knocks."
Note: The College Profile, lists the ceremony as May 25, at 4:30 p.m. on the lawn north of the Administration Building, and the speaker as Dr. Roger W. Babson, entrepreneur and business theorist, "Lessons I Have Learned from Hard Knocks." A program stored in the Hendrix College Archives lists the ceremony as May 26, 1936 at 10:30 a.m. in the College Auditorium Archive photo Item 00964 shows Dr. Babson giving an address on the lawn north of the Administration Building.

1937

Date: Monday, May 31, 1937
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Axley Gymnasium
Address: Charles G. Dawes, former U.S. Vice President

1938

Date: Sunday, May 29, 1938
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Unknown
Address: Bishop Charles C. Selecman, president of Southern Methodist University

1939

Date: Sunday, June 4, 1939
Time: Afternoon
Location: Axley Gymnasium
Address: James A. Farley, U.S. Postmaster General

1940

Date: Sunday, June 2, 1940
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: In the grove (northeast corner of campus)
Address: Clarence Dillon, head of Dillon, Read & Co., an investment bank

1941

Date: Saturday, June 1, 1941
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: In the grove (northeast corner of campus)
Address: Thomas J. Watson Sr., chairman and CEO of International Business Machine (IBM) Corporation

1942

Date: Thursday, May 28, 1942
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Axley Gymnasium
Address: Dr. Umphrey Lee, president of Southern Methodist University
Note: The College Profile volume 29, number 30, page 1 lists the location as Axley Gymnasium. The program for the ceremony lists the location as "College Campus."

1943

Date: Wednesday, May 26, 1943
Time: Unknown
Location: Axley Gymnasium
Address: Ed W. McCuistion '1917, Arkansas State Director of Negro Education
Note: The College Profile, volume 30, number 30, page 1 lists the location as Axley Gymnasium. The program for the ceremony lists the location as "College Campus."

1944

Date: Sunday, June 4, 1944
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: College Campus
Address: G. C. Hardin '1905, lawyer of Fort Smith

1945

Date: Sunday, June 3, 1945
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: College Campus
Address: Benjamin Travis Laney Jr., Governor of Arkansas

1946

Date: Sunday, June 2, 1946
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: College Campus
Address: Farrar C. Newberry, president of the Woodmen of the World

1947

Date: Sunday, June 1, 1947
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: College Campus
Address: Wilbur D. Mills '30, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Arkansas's second district

1948

Date: Sunday, May 30, 1948
Time: Afternoon
Location: Axley Gymnasium
Address: Roger Hull, vice president of the Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York
Note: The College Profile, volume 35, number 31, page 1 lists the location as Axley Gymnasium. The program for the ceremony lists the location as "College Campus."

1949

Date: Sunday, May 29, 1949
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Axley Gymnasium
Address: Ben H. Wooten, vice president of the Republic National Bank of Dallas, Texas.
Note: The College Profile, volume 36, number 31, page 1 lists the location as Axley Gymnasium. The program for the ceremony lists the location as "College Campus."

1950

Date: Sunday, May 28, 1950
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Axley Gymnasium
Address: Dr. Fred S. McCuistion, associate director of the General Education Board
Note: The College Profile, volume 37, number 26, page 4 lists the location as Axley Gymnasium. The program for the ceremony lists the location as "College Campus."

1951

Date: June 3, 1951
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: College Campus
Address: John R. Steelman, first Assistant to the President of the United States (a position known as White House Chief of Staff beginning in 1961), “The Citizen and Peace”
Note: The College Profile, volume 38, number 24, page 1 lists the location as Axley Gymnasium. The program for the ceremony lists the location as "College Campus."

1952

Date: June 1, 1952
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Auditorium (named Staples Auditorium in April 1958)
Address: Dr. Fletcher Nelson, president of Lees-McRae College, “The Issues of Battle Lie within Men’s Souls”
Note: Baccalaureate services were held in the Auditorium this year, instead of at the First Methodist church as they had been in the past.

1953

Date: May 31, 1953
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Auditorium (named Staples Auditorium in April 1958)
Address: Dr. Ralph W. McDonald, president of Bowling Green University, “Threads of Gold”

1954

Date: Sunday, May 30, 1954
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Auditorium (named Staples Auditorium in April 1958)
Address: Reuben B. Hays '21, “The Next Chapter”

1955

Date: Sunday, June 5, 1955
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Auditorium (named Staples Auditorium in April 1958)
Address: Winthrop Rockefeller, “Opportunities Ahead”

1956

Date: June 3, 1956
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Auditorium (named Staples Auditorium in April 1958)
Address: Eugene McElvaney, senior vice president of First National Bank in Dallas

1957

Date: Sunday, June 2, 1957
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Auditorium (named Staples Auditorium in April 1958)
Address: General Edwin W. Rawlings, commander of Air Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

1958

Date: Sunday, June 1, 1958
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Unknown, likely Staples Auditorium
Address: Wilbur D. Mills '30, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Arkansas's second district

1959

Date: Sunday, May 31, 1959
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Staples Auditorium
Address: Dr. Marshall T. Steel, president of Hendrix College

1960

Date: Sunday, May 29, 1960
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Staples Auditorium
Address: Dr. Marshall T. Steel, president of Hendrix College

1961

Date: Sunday, May 28, 1961
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Unknown, likely Staples Auditorium
Address: Dr. Marshall T. Steel, president of Hendrix College

1962

Date: Sunday, June 3, 1962
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Staples Auditorium
Address: Dr. Marshall T. Steel, president of Hendrix College

1963

Date: Sunday, June 2, 1963
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: Unknown, likely Staples Auditorium
Address: Dr. Marshall T. Steel, president of Hendrix College

1964

Date: Sunday, May 31, 1964
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: Unknown, likely Staples Auditorium
Address: Unknown, likely Dr. Marshall T. Steel, president of Hendrix College

1965

Date: Sunday, May 30, 1965
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: Staples Auditorium
Address: Dr. Marshall T. Steel, president of Hendrix College

1966

Date: Sunday, June 4, 1966
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: Staples Auditorium
Address: Dr. Marshall T. Steel, president of Hendrix College

1967

Date: Sunday, June 4, 1967
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: Staples Auditorium
Address: Dr. Marshall T. Steel, president of Hendrix College

1968

Date: May 31, 1968
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Staples Auditorium, due to “threatening weather.” It was originally planned to be in the Brick Patio (listed then as the Lower Patio of Bailey Library).
Address: Dr. Marshall T. Steel, president of Hendrix College
Note: The baccalaureate and commencement services were combined for the first time this year. According to a newspaper clipping, “Since 1938 the exercises have been held on Sunday. The patio area was chosen for this year’s exercise after it was used for the dedication program of the Library last year and it proved effective.”

1969

Date: Friday, June 6, 1969
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Brick Pit (listed then as the Lower Patio of Bailey Library)
Address: Dr. Marshall T. Steel, president of Hendrix College
Platform Party: Dr. James Upton, Rev. James Major, Bishop Paul V. Galloway, Registrar Victor Hill, Dean Francis Christie
Note: The baccalaureate and commencement services were combined this year.

1970

Date: Friday, June 5, 1970
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Brick Pit (listed then as the Lower Patio of the Olin C. Bailey Library)
Address: Dr. Roy B. Shilling Jr., president of Hendrix College
Note: The baccalaureate and commencement services were combined this year.

1971

Date: June 4, 1971
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Brick Pit (listed then as the Lower Patio of the Olin C. Bailey Library)
Address: Dr. Roy B. Shilling Jr., president of Hendrix College
Notes: The baccalaureate and commencement services were combined this year.

1972

Date: Friday, June 2, 1967
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Brick Pit (listed then as the Lower Patio of the Olin C. Bailey Library)
Address: M. Francis Christie, dean of Hendrix College

1973

Date: June 1, 1973
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Brick Pit (listed then as the Lower Patio of the Olin C. Bailey Library)
Address: Dr. Roy B. Shilling Jr., president of Hendrix College

1974

Date: May 31, 1974
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Brick Pit (listed then as the Lower Patio of the Olin C. Bailey Library)
Address: Dr. Roy B. Shilling Jr., president of Hendrix College

1975

Date: May 30, 1975
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Brick Pit (listed then as the Lower Patio of the Olin C. Bailey Library)
Address: Dr. Roy B. Shilling Jr., president of Hendrix College

1976

Date: June 4, 1976
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Brick Pit (listed then as the Lower Patio of the Olin C. Bailey Library)
Address: M. Francis Christie, dean of Hendrix College

1977

Date: June 3, 1977
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Brick Pit (listed then as the Lower Patio of the Olin C. Bailey Library)
Address: Dr. Roy B. Shilling Jr., president of Hendrix College

1978

Date: June 2, 1978
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Brick Pit (listed then as the Lower Patio of the Olin C. Bailey Library)
Address: Bishop Kenneth W. Hicks

1979

Date: June 1, 1979
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Brick Pit (listed then as the Lower Patio of the Olin C. Bailey Library)
Address: Dr. Roy B. Shilling Jr., president of Hendrix College

1980

Date: May 30, 1980
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Brick Pit (listed then as the Lower Patio of the Olin C. Bailey Library)
Address: Dr. John R. Silber, president of Boston University

1981

Date: Unknown
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Brick Pit (listed then as the Lower Patio of the Olin C. Bailey Library)
Address: Dr. Roy B. Shilling Jr., president of Hendrix College

1982

Date: June 5, 1982
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Brick Pit (listed then as the Lower Patio of the Olin C. Bailey Library)
Address: Dr. Joe B. Hatcher, president of Hendrix College

1983

Date: June 4, 1983
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Brick Pit (listed then as the Lower Patio of the Olin C. Bailey Library)
Address: Dr. Joe B. Hatcher, president of Hendrix College

1984

Date: June 2, 1984
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Brick Pit (listed then as the Lower Patio of the Olin C. Bailey Library)
Address: Dr. Joe B. Hatcher, president of Hendrix College

1985

Date: June 1, 1985
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Brick Pit (listed then as the Patio of the Olin C. Bailey Library)
Address: Dr. Joe B. Hatcher, president of Hendrix College
Note: The baccalaureate and commencement services were no longer combined this year.

1986

Date: May 31, 1986
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Brick Pit (listed then as the Patio of the Olin C. Bailey Library)
Address: Robert D. Cabe

1987

Date: June 6, 1987
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Brick Pit (listed then as the Patio of the Olin C. Bailey Library)
Address: Dr. Joe B. Hatcher, president of Hendrix College

1988

Date: June 4, 1988
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Brick Pit (listed then as the Patio of the Olin C. Bailey Library)
Address: Dr. Joe B. Hatcher, president of Hendrix College

1989

Date: June 3, 1989
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Brick Pit (listed then as the Patio of the Olin C. Bailey Library)
Address: James Charles “Jim” Lehrer, associate editor and news anchor of MacNeil Lehrer NewsHour

1990

Date: June 2, 1990
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Brick Pit (listed then as the Patio of the Olin C. Bailey Library)
Address: Dr. Joe B. Hatcher, president of Hendrix College

1991

Date: June 1, 1991
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Brick Pit (listed then as the Patio of the Olin C. Bailey Library)
Address: Dr. Joe B. Hatcher, president of Hendrix College

1992

Date: May 30, 1992
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Brick Pit (listed then as the Patio of the Olin C. Bailey Library)
Address: Hillary Rodham Clinton, first lady of Arkansas

1993

Date: Saturday, June 5, 1993
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Brick Pit (listed then as the Patio of the Olin C. Bailey Library)
Address: Dr. George Mitchell, outgoing chairman of the Board of Trustees

1994

Date: Saturday, June 4, 1994
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Unknown, likely the Brick Pit
Address: John S. Workman

1995

Date: Saturday, June 3, 1995
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Brick Pit (likely known then as the Patio of the Olin C. Bailey Library)
Address: Charles H. Murphy Jr.

1996

Date: Saturday, June 1, 1996
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Grove Physical Education Building
Address: Dr. Paula P. Brownlee, president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities

1997

Date: May 31, 1997
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Brick Pit (known then as the Brick Patio)
Address: Joe H. Stroud, editor of The Detroit Free Press, “A Peculiarly Blessed Country?”

1998

Date: Saturday, May 30, 1998
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Brick Pit (known then as the Brick Patio)
Address: Stephen M. Patterson ’72, vice chair of the Board of Trustees and former president and CEO of Leisure Arts, Inc., “Three Gifts from Hendrix”

1999

Date: Saturday, May 29, 1999
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Brick Pit (known then as the Brick Patio)
Address: Dale L. Bumpers, former U.S. senator and former Arkansas governor

2000

Date: Saturday, May 27, 2000
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Unknown
Address: Dr. Inis L. Claude, “A Lifetime of Education”

2001

Date: June 2, 2001
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Unknown
Address: Dr. Ann Hayes Die, president of Hendrix College

2002

Date: June 1, 2002
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Unknown
Address: Dr. John Churchill, executive secretary of The Phi Beta Kappa Society

2003

Date: Saturday, May 17, 2003
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Unknown
Address: Jo Luck '63, president and CEO of Heifer Project International

2004

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2004
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: On the lawn between Ellis Hall and Fausett Hall
Address: Bishop Janice Riggle Huie, Arkansas area bishop of The United Methodist Church

2005

Date: May 14, 2005
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Staples Auditorium, possibly due to rain
Address: Charles D. Morgan, company leader of Acxiom Corporation

2006

Date: May 13, 2006
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: On the lawn between Fausett Hall and Ellis Hall
Address: Thomas F. "Mack" McLarty III, former White House Chief of Staff for U.S. President Bill Clinton

2007

Date: May 12, 2007
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: On the lawn between Fausett Hall and Ellis Hall
Address: Alan W. Eastham '73, U.S. Ambassador

2008

Date: Saturday, May 10, 2008
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: On the lawn between Fausett Hall and Ellis Hall
Address: William R. "Bill" Wilson '62, U.S. District Judge

2009

Date: Saturday, May 9, 2009
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Wellness and Athletics Center
Address: Dr. Benjamin B. Dunlap, president of Wofford College

2010

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2010
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Wellness and Athletics Center
Address: Vic Snyder, U.S. Representative from the second district of Arkansas

2011

Date: Saturday, May 14, 2011
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Wellness and Athletics Center
Address: Blanche Lincoln, former U.S. Senator from Arkansas

2012

Date: Saturday, May 12, 2012
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Wellness and Athletics Center
Address: Doug Blackmon '86, writer and journalist who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for his book, Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II.

2013

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2013
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Wellness and Athletics Center
Address: Dr. Robert L. Entzminger, Hendrix Provost and English professor

2014

Date: Saturday, May 17, 2014
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Wellness and Athletics Center
Address: R. Madison Murphy '80