|Program of The University's
first commencement, 1884. CN 09258
first commencement exercises were held at Millett's Opera
House in downtown Austin on June 14, 1884. Thirteen law
students received Bachelor of Law diplomas and William
Preston Johnston, president of Tulane University, gave
the commencement address. Albert Sidney Burleson,
representing the graduates, gave the valedictory address.
Burleson later served as a U.S Congressman and U.S.
University's first faculty, 1883/1884. CN 09264
The University of Texas opened in September 1883 the
faculty was composed of the eight men picture here (left
to right): John William Mallet, professor of physics and
chemistry; Leslie Waggener, professor of English
language, history, and literature; Robert L. Dabney,
professor of mental and moral philosophy and political
science; Robert S. Gould, professor of law; Oran M.
Roberts, professor of law; Henri Tallichet, professor of
modern languages; Milton Humphreys, professor of ancient
languages; and William LeRoy Broun, professor of
mathematics. Following the University of Virginia model,
the faculty elected one of their colleagues, Professor
Mallet, to serve as Chairman of the Faculty; the office
of University President was not created until 1895.
|Samuel Clark Red, the first
UT graduate, 1885. CN 09262.
Although several students
graduated from the UT Law School at the conclusion of The
University's first year, the first undergraduate to earn
a Bachelor's degree was Samuel Clark Red, who graduated
in June 1885. Because he was the only academic
student to graduate that year, Clark could justifiably
remark later that he was the only UT alumnus that could
hold his class reunion under my hat.
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