Table of Contents
Collection Overview +/-
Collection Inventory +/-
box 1, folder 1: 1903-1931
box 1, folder 2: 1944-1950
box 1, folder 3: 1951-1960
box 1, folder 4: 1961-1970
box 1, folder 5: 1971-1973
box 1, folder 6: 1977-1978
box 1, folder 7: 1980-1982
box 1, folder 8: 1983-1985
box 1, folder 9: 1986-1987
box 1, folder 10: 1988-1989
box 1, folder 11: 1990
box 1, folder 12: 1991
box 1, folder 13: 1992
box 1, folder 14: 1993
box 1, folder 15: 1994
box 1, folder 16: 1995
box 2, folder 1: 1996
box 2, folder 2: 1997
box 2, folder 3: 1998
box 2, folder 4: 1999
box 2, folder 5: 2000
box 2, folder 6: 2001
box 2, folder 7: 2002
box 2, folder 8: 2003
box 2, folder 9: 2004
box 2, folder 10: 2005
box 2, folder 11: 2006
box 2, folder 12: 2007
box 2, folder 13: 2008
box 2, folder 14: 2009
box 2, folder 15: 2010
box 2, folder 16: 2011
box 2, folder 17: 2012
box 2, folder 18: 2013
Biographical Note/Historical Note +/-
Since about 2004, commencement information has been posted on the Westminster College Commencement webpage informing graduating students and their families, as well as the Westminster College community in general, about commencement activities, schedules, and procedures.
Content Description +/-
This collection consists of the commencement publications of Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah. The materials date from 1903 forward and include commencement and baccalaureate programs, as well as invitations to commencement activities, and menus from luncheons/dinners.
As of 2013, the collection contains 56 commencement and baccalaureate programs. The last baccalaureate service program is dated 1985. There are invitations and menus for the honoree degree luncheons/dinners. The invitations included in this series are for the following years: 1977, 1999, 2001, 2004 and 2006.
The content of the commencement programs has changed substantially from 1903. In the early 1900s, the commencement programs included a detailed listing of the music performed including the title and composer of the music, and the performers' names, but no commencement address. There was also the listing of orations presented and names of student speakers. One example of an oratorical debate is the one presented in 1905. Its topic was: "Does Washington deserve greater honor than Lincoln?" The affirmative speaker was Edward L. Troxel and the negative speaker was Orlando E. Oven.
In 1916, a commencement address was first listed. It was presented by the Reverend Peter A. Simpkin. In 1923, the commencement program's cover design changed. For the only time, the program listed the year in Roman numerals and for the first time contained a listing of the week's events including the commencement address and the awarding of diplomas and prizes at the end.
From 1927 to 1931, Bible prizes were listed on the program's inside cover. The lists were in a different format from the rest of the program. They included the winners' names and the amount of the monetary award.
In 1946, the baccalaureate program included for the first time a cover photograph and a brief description of events. The names of the honorary degree recipients were first included in the 1947 commencement program. A description of the honorary degree recipients was first included in the 1981 commencement exercises program. All programs since (except 1983) have included such descriptions. In 1983, the honorary degree recipients were just mentioned with no description.
Program notes were included in the commencement program during the late 1980s. These notes describe the origin of the academic dress, square cap, academic hoods, the marks of distinction for students who graduate with special honors, ceremonial symbols, awards and participants. Various stylistic changes were made to the program covers during the late 1990s and the early 21st century including color of typeface (1996), the addition of colored lines (1998). The addition of the school's logo (Converse Hall) first appearing in 2004.
Gaps in the collection: commencement and baccalaureate programs are wanting for 1904-1905, 1917-1920, 1922, 1924-1926, 1930, 1932-1945, 1951-1970, 1974-1976, and 1979.
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 commencement publications, 1903-2013, ACC-100, Giovale Library Archives, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Administrative Information +/-
Arranged chronologically by commencement year.
Processed March 2007 by Arlinda Shtylla and updated May 2008 by Rebekah Sappington. This collection was created from various small groups of unorganized programs and duplicates removed from another collection, the Westminster College President's Office commencement records, 1898-2001 (ACC-069). Two copies of programs are retained in the folders after 2000.
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.
0.6 linear feet
Language of the Finding Aid:
Author of the Finding Aid:
Finding aid written March 2007 by Arlinda Shtylla; updated May 2008 by Rebekah Sappington; expanded March 2014 by Sarah Shaw.
EAD Creation Date:
2014 March 11 by Sarah Shaw
Describing Archives : A Content Standard (DACS)
Related collection and photographs in Giovale Library Archives:
Westminster College (Salt Lake City, Utah : 1902-1983)--Archives
Academic rites and ceremonies--Utah--Salt Lake City
Form or Genre Terms:
Oven, Orlando E.
Salt Lake City (Utah)--History--Sources