WVU to Recognize Anniversary of First Woman Graduate

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Beginning next week, West Virginia University will commemorate the anniversary of the school’s first woman graduate.

Harriot Lyon became the first woman to earn a degree from WVU 125 years ago. The university will hold a free, three-day program beginning March 15 to commemorate her achievement and to recognize contributions made by women since that time.

Carroll Wilkinson, director of strategic library initiatives for WVU Libraries, said the program will also focus on the future for women at WVU.

“It’s just good to reflect on the experiences that these women had, and to ask current women who are here whether any of these testimonials to the experience women earlier had still pertain to them in some ways,” Wilkinson said.

This symposium is the first of several events WVU will feature to commemorate the first woman graduate. Find a more detailed listing of events here.

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