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Collection Overview +/-
Collection Inventory +/-
box 1, folder 1: Baccalaureate and commencement speakers' list
box 1, folder 2: Baar, Stephen R. -- Blumberg, Raoul
box 1, folder 3: Bosone, Reva Beck -- Cowles, LeRoy E.
box 1, folder 4: Daynes, Tim -- Funston, G. Keith
box 1, folder 5: Gore, Genevieve W. -- Huntsman, Karen
box 1, folder 6: Linkletter, Arthur G. -- Lund, Art
box 1, folder 7: Mahmoudi, Hoda -- Million, Elmer G.
box 1, folder 8: Ng, David -- Petersen, James E.
box 1, folder 9: Rosenblatt, Joseph -- Swan, Lowell B.
box 1, folder 10: Tanner, Obert C. -- Turner, W. Homer
box 1, folder 11: Van Alystne, Arvo -- Wilson, Ted
Content Description +/-
This collection consists of speeches presented at Baccalaureate and Commencement services of Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah. The materials date from 1945 onward.
The speeches include the speaker's name, date presented, and the text of the speech. Some of the documents are the speaker's copy, containing handwritten corrections and notes. Others are widely-distributed printed copies (for example, those of Anthony J. Ostroff (poet, and Vice President of Lewis and Clark College), M. Donald Thomas (Superintendent of Schools, Salt Lake City School District) and W. Homer Turner, Vice President of United States Steel Foundation)). The speeches were usually twenty minutes in length. The most common theme of the speeches emphasizes the importance of education and how to use the knowledge earned. The baccalaureate speeches were usually about religion and life. Many speakers used different themes such as André Michalopoulos, Professor emeritus, the legacy of Greece; Donald Thomas on democracy; and Elmer G. Million on Christian world leadership. Other speeches had themes reflecting the period in which presented.
Only five of all the speakers were women. One was G. Keith Funston (1961), the president of the New York Stock exchange, who spoke about the economic situation in that time. She stated: "My generation should change the worn out concept that profits are unimportant. Russia has made impressive economic gains in recent years, and we must make a more concerned effort if we are to maintain our superiority."
Westminster College began awarding honorary degrees in 1945 to recognize contributions to Westminster College and/or to the greater society. Typically, two to five individuals were given honorary degrees during the spring commencement, and two during the summer commencement. Frequently, one of the honorees was selected to present the commencement or baccalaureate addresses. Neither in 1978, nor in 1982 did any of the honorary degree recipients speak. In 1978, College President Helmut P. Hofmann spoke briefly, analyzing the numbers and majors of the graduates. In 1982, President James E. Petersen spoke during both the baccalaureate and commencement services.
Gaps in the collection: The texts of only 46 percent of the speeches presented from 1945 onward are found in the collection; 54 percent are wanting.
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.
Westminster College President's Office commencement speeches, 1945-2007, ACC-131, Giovale Library Archives, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Administrative Information +/-
Arranged alphabetically by speaker's surname.
Processing was started by Alana Dela Cruz in June 2004, completed by Arlinda Shtylla in February 2007, and updated by Rebekah Sappington in 2008. The first folder contains listings of all commencement and baccalaureate speakers from 1945-1976 and from 1965-1977.
Westminster College (Salt Lake City, Utah : 1902-1983). President's Office
Westminster College of Salt Lake City. President's Office
Westminster College (Salt Lake City, Utah : 1998- ). Office of the President
Collection materials are in English.
0.3 linear feet
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Author of the Finding Aid:
Finding aid written June 2004 by Alana Dela Cruz and February 2007 by Arlinda Shtylla.
EAD Creation Date:
2014 March 18 by Sarah Shaw
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Baccalaureate addresses--Westminster College (Salt Lake City, Utah : 1902-1983)
Form or Genre Terms:
Funston, G. Keith, 1910-1992
Salt Lake City (Utah)--History--Sources