Guide to the Merrimack Valley College Commencement Files, 1978-1985
Collection number: UA 20/2/7
Size: 1 box
About Merrimack Valley College
The Merrimack Valley College began as a branch of the University of New Hampshire in
1967, providing continuing education programming to the residents of the Merrimack
Valley area, the largest population center of the state. In 1977, the state
legislature established Merrimack Valley College as a separate educational entity
within the University System of New Hampshire, which would "provide the people of
the greater Manchester area with a college where they can attain an associate
degree." In 1978, the Concord regional center of the School for Lifelong Learning
moved to MVC, joining the college in its building, and took over MVC's continuing
education programs. The two institutions operated cooperatively to deliver a wide
range of educational programs. Also in 1978, the College applied to the New England
Association of Schools and Colleges for candidacy for accreditation. The Governance
Task Force at MVC was established while the school was still a branch of the
University of New Hampshire. The task force was charged with fashioning a governance
structure under which the emerging Merrimack Valley College could function. Electing
a committee to develop by-laws for the College was the first step taken. From those
by-laws came the skeleton organization for the running of the school; i.e. an
Academic Affairs Committee to oversee all matters relating to programs, a Management
Committee to manage business matters, and a college-wide Forum to run the College.
The Forum had the final authority for all matters concerning the running of the
College, and was subject only to the veto power of the Dean of the College. By
action of the MVC Forum, a strategic planning process was put into place to chart a
course for steady expansion. In addition, and Executive Committee to the Forum was
organized to deal with sensitive issues, and a Merrimack Valley College Advisory
Board was authorized by the USNH Board of Trustees. This mode of governance remained
in place until 1985, at which time the MVC became the University of New Hampshire at
About the Merrimack Valley College Commencement Files
This collection contains the programs, procedures, newspaper articles, and some speeches for the commencement ceremonies of Merrimack Valley College.
This collection is open. Please note, the MVB files are housed in the Library
Storage Building and require 24 hour notice for retrieval.
Copyright is retained by the University of New Hampshire.
[Identification of item], Merrimack Valley College Commencement Files, 1978-1985, UA
20/2/7, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire
Library, Durham, NH, USA.
These records were transferred from the University of New Hampshire-Manchester
Library in March 2002.
Photos and videotapes from this collection are housed with the UNH Commencement
collection in Dimond Library.
|Box 4, Folder 1||May 19, 1978||Commencement Program|
|Box 4, Folder 2||May 25, 1979||Commencement Program and Procedures|
|Box 4, Folder 3||May 23, 1980||Commencement Program and Procedures|
|Box 4, Folder 4||May 23, 1981||Commencement Program, Procedures, Articles (Photos Removed)|
|Box 4, Folder 5||May 21, 1982||Commencement Program, Procedures, Articles (Photos Removed)|
|Box 4, Folder 6||May 20, 1983||Commencement Program and Procedures (Photos Removed)|
|Box 4, Folder 7||May 18, 1984||Commencement Program and Procedures (Photos Removed)|
|Box 4, Folder 8||May 17, 1985||Commencement Program, Procedures, Speeches (Photos Removed)|