UAC Commencement Programs: 1907
Commencement Week Program
"Student Life" Newspaper
May 1907, Commencement Issue
Salt Lake City legislators pass a bill limiting U.A.C's curriculum to agriculture, domestic science, and mechanic arts in fear of the school's potential to compete with the University of Utah. This bill is lifted in 1927 for all curricular restrictions except law and medicine.
The fifth U.A.C. president John A. Widtsoe replaces President William J. Kerr.
President John A. Widtsoe (1907-1916)
John Andreas Widtsoe was born on January 31, 1872 in Norway. In 1883, he immigrated to the United States with his mother and brother and arrived in Utah Territory in mid-November of that year. He was baptized a member of the LDS church the following April. He attended Brigham Young College and Harvard University. He received the degrees of A.M. and Ph.D. from the University of Gottingen in Germany in 1899.
In August 1900, he became the director of the Agricultural Experiment Station at the Utah Agricultural College until 1905 when he became a professor of agriculture at Brigham Young University. He is arguably called the founding father of BYU’s college of biology and agriculture. However, he returned to U.A.C. in 1907 as the president of the college. After his presidency at U.A.C., he became the president of the University of Utah from 1916 until his call as a member of the LDS Church’s Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1921. During his time as an apostle, he taught a religion class at the University of Southern California. He passed away on November 29, 1952 in Salt Lake City.
Graduate profiles included below:
Francis David Farrell, James Leonard Kearns, Fred Mathews, Jr., Frank Moench, Aaron Brigham Olsen, Preston Geddes Peterson, Inez Powell, Benjamin Franklin Riter, Jr.