This series consists of correspondence from recipients of honorary degrees and recipients of invitations to New York State University convocation ceremonies to the Commissioner of Education. The letters typically include declinations or acceptances of invitations, and plans for convocation addresses. The correspondence rarely exceeds a single typed page per letter. Correspondents include, among others, Albert Einstein, Elihu Root, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Alfred E. Smith, William H. Taft, and John J. Pershing. Letters relate exclusively to honorary degrees and convocations and contain little in the way of personal information.