by Heidi Benedict, University Archivist
Every year the University Archives creates a commencement exhibit. This year the theme is Celebrating 45 Years in Bristol. The Bristol campus welcomed its first students in September 1969 and awarded its first four-year baccalaureate degrees on June 4, 1970. The exhibit, in the Main Library, includes photographs of students, speakers, honorary degree recipients, and guests from every Bristol commencement. For some of the earlier years, we have a very limited number of photographs.
The Archives holds programs and photographs from as far back as 1948, although the school was not known then as Roger Williams University. At that time, it was the YMCA Institute, a state accredited Junior College, offering associate degrees in accounting, engineering, and management.
If you have commencement pictures or related memorabilia, please consider donating to the Archives.