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Clinton Commencement collection

Identifier: A051


On June 19, 1993 Northeastern University (NU) held its 91st commencement ceremony at the Boston Garden in the North End. The morning ceremony featured the recently inaugurated President William Jefferson Clinton (WJC) as the commencement speaker. WJC, who was the 42nd President of the United States (1993-2001), received an honorary Doctorate of Public Service at the ceremony. NU began courting WJC soon after his inauguration on January 20, 1993. Leading NU's efforts was Tom Keady, NU's Government Relations Director. Lobbyists on behalf of NU included Senator Edward Kennedy, Representative Joseph Moakley, Christopher "Kip" O'Neill, former Governor Michael Dukakis, Boston Mayor Flynn, and University Counsel William Hulsey, who as a NU co-op student had interned in the Arkansas Governor's mansion with then Governor Clinton. Approximately 800 institutions had invited WJC to speak at their commencements. On May 3, 1993 WJC narrowed his choices to NU and Dartmouth College. Two days later, the White House announced its decision.


  • 1993


Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use:

Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the University Archivist.


3.00 cubic feet (5 containers)



System of Arrangement:

Arranged in one alphabetical sequence.

Physical Location

Finding aid for the Clinton Commencement Collection
Finding aid prepared by Stein Helmrich
November 2001
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Language of description note
Description is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Snell Library
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston MA 02115 US