The agricultural engineering instructional program commenced in the 1920-1921 academic year. R. E. Bosque and H. D. Lewis were the earliest instructors, and they were part of the agronomy faculty.
The Department of Agricultural Engineering moves to David Clark Labs.
The Department of Agricultural Engineering moves to Weaver Labs.
A tobacco bulk curing unit is developed by the Department of Agricultural Engineering.
Weaver Laboratories was built for Agricultural Engineering and named for David Stathem Weaver, a former director of the Agricultural Extension Service.
Service courses in farm equipment were taught by in the Department of Agronomy, but not by an engineering. True agricultural engineering courses were first taught in the 1920-1921 academic year.
G. W. Giles wrote A Department Grows to Maturity: The History of Agricultural Engineering at N.C. State University 1914 to 1977. An updated version of this history exists today on the department's website.
William E. Splinter, on the faculty of the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, with tobacco harvesting equipment that he helped develop. Throughout the history of North Carolina State University, research and development conducted by its faculty and students have assisted North Carolina farmers.
Twenty-two women are listed on the faculty, most at the instructor or laboratory technician level. Departments with more than one female member include English (six), Statistics (three), Textiles (three), and Modern Languages (two). Women are also on the faculty in Architecture, Agricultural Economics, Mathematics, Physics, Social Studies, Chemistry, Engineering, Research, and Agronomy.
The speakers were Governor W. Kerr Scott and President of the Greater University Gordon Gray. The invocation was given by Edward J. Agsten, pastor of West Raleigh Presbyterian Church. Honorary degrees were awarded to Ira Obed Schaub, director of the NC Agricultural Research Service, Clarence Poe, editor of The Progressive Farmer, Harry Parker Hammond, Dean of Engineering at Penn State College, Colin George Spencer, lumber industrialist, and Frederick Bonnet, textile scientist.
The commencement speaker was Francis Pendleton Gaines, president of Washington and Lee University. The invocation was given by Reverend Lee C. Sheppard of Raleigh. Dr. John Rustin, pastor of Mount Vernon Methodist Church in Washington, D.C., gave the Baccalaureate Sermon on June 4th. Honorary Doctor of Science degrees were awarded to Stephen Cole Bruner, alumnus and chief of the Department of Plant Pathology and Entomology at the Estacion Experimental Agronomica de Cuba, and Adrianus Moritz of the American Enka Corporation. Agricultural journalist and alumnus Junius Sidney Cates was awarded an honorary Doctor of Agriculture. Benjamin Brown Gossett, director and founder of the Cotton Textile Institute, was awarded a Doctor of Textile Science. Wallace Carl Riddick, professor of Civil Engineering, was awarded a Doctor of Engineering at the 50th Anniversary Celebration.
This was the first commencement held under the accelerated program, causing the exercises to be held approximately four weeks earlier than usual. Certificates, instead of diplomas, were awarded to seniors. Speakers included Governor J. Melville Broughton, Josephus Daniels, Dr. John M. Cunningham (President of Davidson College), and R.L. McMillan, state head of the American Legion. An honorary doctor of Science was awarded to rural sociologist Carle Clark Zimmerman. An honorary Doctor of Agriculture was awarded to Charles William Burkett, founder of the Alpha Zeta agricultural fraternity. Honorary degrees of Doctor of Engineering were awarded to alumnus Graham Hudson Anthony, president of Veeder-Root, Inc. and alumnus Thomas Kenneth Mial of Johns-Manville.