UAC Commencement Programs: 1894
Commencement Ceremony Program
May 31, 1894
This is the Utah Agricultural College’s program for their very first commencement ceremony. There were 15 graduates in total; 12 “full” course and 3 “short” course graduates. A full course is today’s equivalent of a Bachelor’s degree and a “short” course is today’s equivalent of an Associate’s degree. The full courses offered at this time were Agriculture, Domestic Arts, Civil Engineering, and “Commercial Course,” or business. The short courses were Agriculture and Domestic Arts. The degrees were conferred by the U.A.C. president Jeremiah W. Sanborn. Following the commencement ceremony was a students’ sociable in the U.A.C. gymnasium.
First President of Utah Agricultural College
President Jeremiah W. Sanborn (1890-1894)
Jeremiah Wilson Sanborn was the first president of the Utah Agricultural College. Born in New Hampshire in 1847, he was appointed Director of Experiment Station in 1889 and President of the Faculty in 1890 and held both of those positions during his presidency at U.A.C. until he was succeeded by President J.H. Paul in 1894. He thought up the general plan of the experimental and school work that paved the way for the first graduating class of U.A.C. in 1894.
“Every student of the U.A.C. during their first four years remembers Pres. Sanborn with feelings of greatest respect and affection.”
The second U.A.C. president Joshua H. Paul replaces President Jeremiah W. Sanborn.
President Joshua H. Paul (1894-1896)
Joshua H. Paul was only president of U.A.C. for two years but his time in administration was very successful. Born in Salt Lake City on January 20, 1863, He wrote all the college advertising and catalogues, and revised and proof-read the experiment station bulletins. He taught the classes in logic, botany, economics, and sociology. After his time at U.A.C., he received a degree of M.A. in political science, and a Ph.D. in philosophy and theism. He was also the president of Brigham Young College and Latterday Saints’ University. Overall, he taught for 24 years – 9 at the University of Utah, 3 at B.Y.C., 2 at U.A.C., 7 at the L.D.S. university and 3 more at the U of U.
Graduate profiles included below:
John Thomas Caine, Jr., William Bernard Dougall, Robert Wesley Erwin, Andrew Bernstoff Larsen, Mrs. William Myrick (Miss Martha Hoyt), Joseph Edward Shepard