The Commoner, the college’s yearbook, takes its name from a title given to the American statesman for whom the college is named—the “Great Commoner” William Jennings Bryan, who was the champion of the American working man and woman. Students do all the Commoner’s writing, editing, photography and layout.
With just a few exceptions, the Commoner has been published every school year since the college began—the first edition was published in 1931, covering the very first year of the college’s existence. The Commoner helps Bryan students and the greater college constituency remember who we are and where we’ve been. Each year’s Commoner records the special friends, fun times and significant milestones that make each year of college worth remembering. The Commoner seeks to represent the full gamut of college experience in such a way that each Bryan student will be reminded of something significant about that formative year of living and learning.