Jona Whipple

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Commencement Materials, 1905-2014

Commencements at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law began with Chicago College of Law in 1888. Commencement ceremonies were held annually in June with mid-year class commencement in February. Between the years of 1930-1949, the ceremonies were combined into one with a complete list of both classes in the annual program. After 1968, the mid-year class merged into the regular class. Early degrees awarded were Master of Laws and Bachelor of Laws until 1942 when the first J.D. was awarded to Mabelle C. Eulette. Early commencements were held in halls, hotels, and theatres across Chicago until the early 1970s after the merger between IIT and Chicago-Kent, when ceremonies were held on IIT’s main campus. In recent years, ceremonies have been held at Navy Pier and in downtown hotel ballrooms.

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