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Firsts

From the first women to graduate from Pitt (twins who shared top honors in their class) to the first alumni smorgasbord, here they are.

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1893
  • First African Americ…
    First African American alumnus, William Hunter Dammond, graduates from the University.
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1898
  • First women graduate…
    The first two women to earn undergraduate degrees from Pitt: Margaret Lydia and Stella Mathilda Stein in 1898. They shared the first spot in their class.
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1910
  • First African Americ…
    It is believed that the first African-American woman to earn a bachelor’s degree from Pitt was Jean Hamilton Walls. She graduated in 1910. She also earned a PhD. In 1938.
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1911
  • Hail to Pitt first s…
    "Hail to Pitt" was first sung at the Cap and Gown spring production. The words were written by George M. Kirk and the music was written by Lester Milton Taylor.
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1961
  • First Alumni Forum h…
    First Annual Alumni Forum held.
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1974
  • Black alumni hold fi…
    Black Alums hold first Convocation with Mal Goode, nationally-known journalist and correspondent and a 1931 graduate leading over 3,000 black alumni to encourage them to return to campus.
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  • First convocation fo…
    First convocation for black alumni held.
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1983
  • First alumni art exh…
    First Alumni art exhibition of the Studio Arts Department held in the UP Gallery.
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