Guide to the Westminster College convocation records

Table of Contents

Collection Overview

Collection Inventory+/-

Biographical Note/Historical Note

Content Description

Collection Use

Administrative Information


Collection Overview +/-

Title: Westminster College convocation records
Dates: 1950-2012 (inclusive)
Collection Number: ACC-099
Summary: This collection consists of the convocation records of Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah. The materials date from 1950-2012 and include invitations, programs, and speeches.
Repository: Westminster College, Giovale Library
1840 South 1300 East
Salt Lake City, Utah 84105
Phone: (801) 832-2250

Collection Inventory +/-

box 1, folder 1: 1950
box 1, folder 2: 1957
box 1, folder 3: 1973
box 1, folder 4: 1976
box 1, folder 5: 1977
box 1, folder 6: 1979
box 1, folder 7: 1980
box 1, folder 8: 1981
box 1, folder 9: 1982
box 1, folder 10: 1983
box 1, folder 11: 1984
box 1, folder 12: 1998
box 1, folder 13: 1999
box 1, folder 14: 2000
box 1, folder 15: 2001
box 1, folder 16: 2002
box 1, folder 17: 2003
box 1, folder 18: 2004
box 1, folder 19: 2005
box 1, folder 20: 2008
box 1, folder 21: 2010
box 1, folder 22: 2012

Biographical Note/Historical Note +/-

A convocation marks the beginning of the academic year and usually includes an invocation and a welcome by the Student Body President. The Westminster College President then gives his convocation address. This speech often outlines the objectives and goals of the school over the next year, while also charging faculty, staff, and students with the mission to reach their full potential. Aside from the direct address to the students, faculty members are asked to inspire their students, while maintaining their fervor for their own intellectual pursuits.

The address is followed by the introduction of new faculty and staff members. Often a guest speaker is asked to address the assembly. The history and legacy of Westminster College is frequently spotlighted and often referred to as a symbol of perseverance. Convocation ceremonies held for Founders' Day exemplify this approach.

The convocations begin and end with formal processional and recessional ceremonies in full academic regalia.

Content Description +/-

This collection consists of the convocation records of Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah. The materials date from 1950-2012 and include invitations, programs, and speeches.

The Fall 1957 convocation was held in Dane Hansen Stadium, with Governor George D. Clyde speaking. Convocations in the 1977-1980 school years were held in Malmsten Amphitheatre.

At the February 25, 1981 convocation, the Conclave Address was given by philanthropist and Westminster College trustee Obert C. Tanner who advised students that, "life in college is a place and time when young people try to find their main purpose in life, a time and place when some of life's final decisions are made." An honorary degree was conferred "in honor of Nathan Eldon Tanner, First Counselor, First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints ... conferred this day the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters".

The 1998 Opening Convocation took place on the east side of the Giovale Library and the speaker was Pat Shea, Director of the Federal Bureau of Land Management. In 1999, the convocation celebrated "125 years of academic excellence" and the speaker was Presbyterian Church and Westminster College historian Douglas Brackenridge, who also spoke at the convocation the follow year, 2000.

From 2002-2010, Westminster's 16th president, Michael Bassis, gave the convocation addresses. The August 23, 2008 convocation for the "134th Academic Year" was held in the Behnken Field House of the Dolores Doré Eccles Health, Wellness and Athletic Center. The convocation was also held in Behnken in 2010, with President Bassis speaking, and again in 2012 with Westminster's 17th president, Brian Levin-Stankevich giving the address.

Other speakers have included the former Utah Governor Scott M. Matheson. Examples of the impact of former leaders at the College can be found in Dr. Manford A. Shaw's Founders' Day speech extolling former presidents, especially, Dr. Herbert W. Reherd and Dr. Robert D. Steele.

Gaps in the collection: records for the years 1951-1956, 1958-1972, 1974-1975, 1978, 1985-1997, 2007, 2009, and 2011.

Collection Use +/-

Restrictions on Access:

Open to public research.

Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Twenty-four hours advance notice is encouraged.

Restrictions on Use:

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material must be obtained from the director of the Giovale Library.

Preferred Citation:

Westminster College convocation records, 1950-2012, ACC-099, Giovale Library Archives, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Administrative Information +/-


Arranged chronologically by convocation year and thereunder by date.

Processing Note:

Processed June 2004 by Alana Dela Cruz.


Westminster College (Salt Lake City, Utah : 1902-1983)

Westminster College of Salt Lake City

Westminster College (Salt Lake City, Utah : 1998- )


Collection materials are in English.


0.2 linear feet

Language of the Finding Aid:


Author of the Finding Aid:

Finding aid written June 2004 by Alana Dela Cruz; expanded February 2014 by Sarah Shaw.

EAD Creation Date:

2014 February 25 by Sarah Shaw


Describing Archives : A Content Standard (DACS)



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Subjects +/-

Corporate Names:

Westminster College (Salt Lake City, Utah : 1902-1983)--Archives
Westminster College (Salt Lake City, Utah : 1902-1983)--History--Sources
Westminster College of Salt Lake City--Archives
Westminster College of Salt Lake City--History--Sources
Westminster College (Salt Lake City, Utah : 1998- )--Archives
Westminster College (Salt Lake City, Utah : 1998- )--History--Sources

Subject Terms:

Academic rites and ceremonies--Utah--Salt Lake City

Form or Genre Terms:

Programs (documents)

Personal Names:

Bassis, Michael S.
Brackenridge, Douglas
Clyde, George D.
Levin-Stankevich, Brian L.
Matheson, Scott
Reherd, Herbert Ware, 1869-1952
Shaw, Manford A. (Manford Avis), 1906-1993
Shea, Patrick A, 1948-
Steele, Robert D. (Robert Denham), 1901-1972
Tanner, N. Eldon (Nathan Eldon), 1898-1982
Tanner, Obert C. (Obert Clark), 1904-1993

Geographical Names:

Salt Lake City (Utah)--History--Sources