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UC Davis Centennial
100 years of service, solutions, impact

Looking Back

UC Davis historical timeline



A new library and administration building, Shields Library, is completed on the site of the old classroom building. The Division of Chemistry acquires the first patents for the entire University of California.


Image: 1943 signal corps band

The Davis campus is taken over by the U.S. Army Signal Corps, which operates it as a training center. All instruction ceases until 1945.


The School of Veterinary Medicine is established. William Randolph Hearst's backing is credited to a veterinarian who treated Hearst's pet. Three hundred students receive degrees at the first commencement held on campus.

The Davis campus acquires the only university-owned airport in the state, then and now.


Davis has the highest growth rate of any campus in the university. The regents adopt a loyalty oath for UC employees, setting off one of the most disruptive periods in the history of the university. Graduate degrees are awarded at a campus commencement.