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Virginia Tech Historical Data Book, Section 4.7:
Graduates and Degrees


Graduates, 1875-1882 - The first graduating class at Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College was in 1875, when 12 students received their diplomas as "Graduates" on Aug. 11. The diplomas, or certificates, were not degrees, since they were only for completion of a three-year course of study. A diploma specified that the student was a graduate in agriculture, mechanics, or a combination of the two. The table below lists the number of diplomas presented to graduates during the years before degrees were awarded. Some graduates earned additional diplomas and are counted more than once.

1875-12
1876-27
1877-16
1878-11
1879-13
1880-9
1881-7
1882-11

Graduates and Degrees, 1883-1891 - The first degrees for completion of a four-year course of study were bachelor of arts degrees, presented to two students in 1883. From 1883-91, both diplomas for the three-year programs and degrees for four-year programs were presented. The table below lists the number of diplomas presented to graduates of the three-year program and number of bachelor degrees awarded for the four-year program during this period.

Year
1883
1884
1885
1886
1887
1888
1889
1890
1891
"Graduates"
11
9
4
6
5
9
7
5
4
Degrees
2
4
1
3
2
1
4
0
1

Degrees Awarded, 1892-1971-The college discontinued the practice of awarding diplomas for completion of the three-year course of study after 1891. Only degrees have been presented to graduates of the academic programs since then. The first graduate degree, the master of science, was awarded in 1892. Graduate-professional degrees (civil engineer, mechanical engineer, electrical engineer, chemical engineer, and engineer of mines) were presented from 1893-1936. Degrees on the doctoral level have been presented since 1942. The first coed to receive a degree was Mary Brumfield (Garnett), a transfer student and daughter of the college physician. She received a B.S. (in biology) in 1923. The first black student to receive a degree was Charlie L. Yates. He received a B.S. in mechanical engineering in 1958.

Bachelor, Master, and Graduate-Professional Degrees, 1892-1941

Column B indicates the number of bachelor degrees; Column M indicates the number of master's degrees; Column P indicates the number of graduate-professional degrees.
Year
1892
1893
1894
1895
1896
1897
1898
1899
1900
1901
1902
1903
1904
1905
1906
1907
1908
1909
1910
1911
1912
1913
1914
1915
1916
B
5
7
9
18
19
19
17
25
25
35
44
35
58
77
65
70
42
45
48
69
44
47
52
60
77
M
1
1
1
1
5
2
2
3
3
2
0
7
4
1
2
0
3
3
3
2
0
4
1
9
7
P
0
1
2
2
1
3
1
1
8
4
9
10
10
18
11
13
14
11
12
7
15
9
6
4
8
Year
1917
1918
1919
1920
1921
1922
1923
1924
1925
1926
1927
1928
1929
1930
1931
1932
1933
1934
1935
1936
1937
1938
1939
1940
1941
B
67
29
36
79
75
117
112
113
141
133
149
180
178
208
213
227
280
274
280
257
275
311
378
440
464
M
1
1
5
3
4
8
4
9
6
6
9
7
9
15
26
53
64
40
34
38
62
48
65
74
65
P
11
2
3
4
4
9
8
2
4
9
5
7
8
4
2
2
0
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
0

Bachelor, Master, and Doctor of Philosophy Degrees, 1942-1971

Column B indicates the number of bachelor degrees; Column M indicates the number of master's degrees; Column D indicates the number of Ph.D. degrees.
Year
1942
1943
1944
1945
1946
1947
1948
1949
1950
1951
1952
1953
1954
1955
1956
B
467
523
184
102
97
535
673
1042
1341
1004
727
620
504
470
549
M
46
34
10
8
18
58
87
80
97
113
98
120
90
113
90
D
1
3
0
1
1
0
1
4
5
5
5
7
5
7
13
Year
1957
1958
1959
1960
1961
1962
1963
1964
1965
1966
1967
1968
1969
1970
1971
B
710
911
858
896
881
954
1032
1008
1087
1064
1170
1348
1766
2068
2117
M
99
127
131
122
162
186
205
194
173
208
247
250
241
234
295
D
10
16
12
18
20
25
22
24
52
64
128
86
90
107
127

TOTAL GRADUATES AND DEGREES, 1875-1971 - The table below lists the total number of graduates and the total number of degrees from the first graduating class of 1875 through the graduating class of 1971.

Graduates (non-degree, 3-year program, 1875-1891)
Bachelor Degrees (1883-1971)
Master's Degrees (1892-1971)
Graduate-Professional Degrees (1893-1936)
Doctor of Philosophy Degrees (1942-1971)
TOTAL NUMBER DEGREES (1883-1971)
TOTAL NUMBER GRADUATES AND DEGREES (1875-1971)
166 (1)
32,754
4,659
263
809
38,485 (2)
38,651

BACHELOR DEGREES (TYPES) - The first degree of any type presented by VAMC was the bachelor of arts to two students, W.J. Havener and R.J. Noell, in 1883. The degree was discontinued in 1886 after six more students had received it, and it was not presented again until 1966. The second undergraduate degree, mining engineer, was awarded to two students only - one in 1885 and one in 1886; the degree was later offered on the graduate level. A bachelor of science for completion of a four-year general science program was awarded to two students in l887, two more in 1889, and one in 1891. The first of the present bachelor of science degrees was awarded in 1892 to five students majoring in specific curricula: applied chemistry (1), civil engineering (1), horticulture (1), and mechanical engineering (2). Only one Bachelor of Scientific Agriculture was awarded (in 1888). One mechanical engineer degree and one civil engineer degree were awarded in 1889 on the undergraduate level; both were later offered on the graduate level. The present Bachelor of Architecture degree, requiring a five-year program, was first presented to three students in 1958; Bachelor of Landscape Architecture was approved in 1970 (effective 1971). A Bachelor of Technology degree was approved in 1972 (effective fall quarter).

BACHELOR DEGREES (BY CURRICULA), 1883-1971. The table below lists the various curricula in which bachelor degrees have been awarded since 1883. Some of the names have been changed slightly from the original. Column A indicates the first year the degree was awarded in that curriculum; Column B indicates the last year the degree was awarded, if discontinued; Colunm C indicates the number of degrees awarded in the curriculum through 1971.
Curriculum
Accounting
Aerospace Engineering
Agricultural Economics
Agricultural Education
Agricultural Engineering
Agronomy
Animal Science
Architectural Engineering
Architecture (B.Arch)
Art
Biochemistry
Biology
Building Construction
Building Design
Business Administration
Business Education
Ceramic Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry
Civil Engineering
Clothing/Textiles/Rel.Art
Commerical Engineering
Computer Science
Dairy Science
Distributive Education
Economics
Electrical Engineering
Elementary Education
Engineering Mechanics
English
Finance
Foreign Languages
Forestry and Wildlife
French
General Agriculture
General Business
General Engineering
General Home Economics
General Science
Geological Engineering
A
1962
1943
1928
1920
1921
1921
1921
1930
1958
1969
1969
1914
1948
1951
1927
1951
1937
1916
1892
1889
1964
1923
1971
1921
1956
1963
1894
1969
1958
1964
1968
1968
1939
1971
1888
1968
1935
1964
1887
1957
B
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1969
 
 
 
 
 
1961
1967
 
 
 
 
 
 
1930
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1970
 
 
1965
 
1939
1968
1971
1958
C
412
655
423
977
503
448
766
366
297
24
7
808
421
133
3,898
182
193
1,392
525
2,541
115
82
2
431
297
279
3,510
42
173
279
123
23
545
3
373
241
17
17
484
4
Curriculum
Geology
Geophysics
German
Health/Physical Education
History
Home Economics
Horticulture
Human Nutrition & Foods
Industrial Arts Education
Industrial Education
Industrial Engr. Opns. Res.
International Studies
Management
Mgmt./ Hous./Fam. D.
Marketing
Mathematics
Mathematics Education
Mathematics Engineering
Metallurgical Engr.
Metallurgy
Mining Engineering
Nuclear Science
Philosophy
Physics
Political Science
Poultry Science
Psychology
Public Administration
Rural Sociology
Sec'y Work/Comm. Teach.
Sociology
Spanish
Statistics
Theatre Arts
Unclassified A.B. Degrees
Vocational Industrial Ed.
 
 
 
TOTAL BACH. DEGREES
A
1910
1959
1971
1968
1963
1929
1892
1964
1949
1921
1930
1969
1968
1964
1968
1953
1970
1889
1934
1909
1885
1969
1967
1941
1963
1942
1968
1962
1942
1927
1966
1971
1948
1971
1883
1962
 
 
 
 
B
 
 
 
 
 
1963
 
 
 
1939
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1937
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1965
1931
 
 
 
 
1886
 
 
 
 
 
C
182
21
4
71
309
397
288
56
290
28
1,700
6
623
80
217
353
28
3,824
400
19
309
5
16
400
307
59
161
208
141
3
138
5
54
2
8
31
 
 
 
32,754

GRADUATE DEGREES - The first graduate degree for completion of studies beyond the bachelor degree was the master of science (M.S.), awarded in 1892 to Charles N. McBryde, son of John M. McBryde, then president of VAMC. The first doctor of philosophy degree was awarded to Nathan Sugarman in chemistry in 1942. The table lists the various graduate degrees in the order in which they were first awarded. Column A indicates the year in which the degree was first presented; Column B indicates the last year the degree was presented if discontinued; Column C indicates the number of that type of degree awarded through 1971.
Degree and Abbreviation
Master of Science (M.S.)
Civil Engineer (C.E.)
Mechanical Engineer (M.E.) (Mech.E.)
Electrical Engineer (E.E.) (Elect.E.)
Engineer of Mines (E.M.)
Chemical Engineer (Ch.E.)
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Master of Education (M.Ed.)
Master of Architecture (M.Arch.)
Master of Urban and Regional Planning (M.U.P-Pl.) 1962
Master of Arts (M.A.)
Master of Architecture-Urban Design (M.Arch.)1968
Master of Arch. Environmental Systems (M. Arch.)1969
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
Master of Forestry (M.For.)
Master of Accountancy (M.Acc.)
Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)
Doctor of Education (D.Ed.): Approved in 1971
Master of Urban Affairs (M.U.A.): Approved in 1971
Master of Health and Physical Education (M.H.P .E.): Approved in 1971
TOTAL GRADUATE DEGREES, 1892-1971
A
1892
1893
1894
1910
1912
1920
1942
1952
1961
1962
1968
1968
1968
1969
1969
1970
1970
 
 
 
 
B
 
1932
1936
1931
1932
1934
 
 
1967
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
5,731
C
3,942
78
117
57
6
5
809
481
3
67
74
10
14
29
2
10
25
 
 
 
 

HONORARY DEGREES - Only three honorary degrees have been awarded in the history of the university. John M McBryde, fifth president, received the first (doctor of science) in 1907. Col. Richard Henry Jordan received the honorary degree of civil engineer (C.E.) in 1919 "for distinguished service on the construction of the Panama Canal." Lawrence Priddy '97, who helped raise funds to build both the YMCA Building and Memorial Gymnasium, received the last honorary degree (Doctor of Commercial Science) in 1929.

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