Sweere's successors* expanded Seattle College's college instruction and drafted ambitious plans for the campus. The fledgling institution granted its first bachelor's of arts degrees on June 23, 1909, to John Concannon, John Ford, and Theodore Ryan. James R. Daly earned a Master's of Arts degree the following year, but the college program never attracted more than a handful of students.
In this photo, SC students hail "The Freshman" in a school play, but there were few real ones on campus. Military duty and high-paying jobs during World War I siphoned off the last enrollees by 1918, and Seattle College suspended higher level classes.
*The Jesuit injunction against "inordinate attachment" mandated rapid turnover of college presidents for several decades.