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A black and white photograph of a large group of male and female African American graduates, dressed in caps and gowns, gathered in a circle outside with their family members. The families and graduates are standing, watching some of the graduates plant a tree in the ground in front of an unidentified Bethune-Cookman campus building. Many of the people are holding white papers in their hands, possibly commencement programs. The tree planting ceremony, as it was called, was a yearly tradition for the graduates, and always took place on the day of commencement. The female family members are dressed in long skirts and dresses, while the men are wearing dress suits. On the back of the photograph is written in pink ink, "196?". Also written on the back is "graduation ceremony, late 1950s." The photographer of the image is unknown.


ca. 1950s


Black and white photography -- Florida -- Daytona Beach -- Photographs; Outdoor photography -- Photographs; Trees -- Florida -- Photographs; College buildings -- Florida -- Photographs; Graduation ceremonies -- Florida -- Daytona Beach -- Photographs; Tree planting ceremonies -- Florida -- Daytona Beach -- Photographs; Students -- African Americans -- Florida -- Daytona Beach -- Photographs; Women -- Florida -- Daytona Beach -- Photographs; Men -- Florida -- Daytona Beach -- Photographs

Number of Images

2 images

Side of Image

Back of Postcard


Bethune-Cookman University

Repository Collection

Bethune-Cookman University Photograph Collection

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Size of Original Image

16 cm. x 26 cm.

Rights Statement

All rights to images are held by the respective holding institution. This image is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. For permission to reproduce images and/or for copyright information contact University Archives, Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, FL 32114 (386) 481-2186.

Digital Publisher

Electronically reproduced by the Digital Services unit of the University of Central Florida Libraries, Orlando, 2009.

Funding source

LSTA Grant 2008-2009

Digital Reproduction Specifications

Jpeg2000 images were derived from 400 dpi tiffs scanned on a Kodak i200 series flatbed scanner.

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