Monday, February 24, 2020

University of Georgia to name college of education after university’s first African-American graduate

The University of Georgia will name the College of Education after the university's first African-American graduate this week.

Mary Frances Early graduated from the school of education in 1962 with a master's in music education. She went on to earn an educational specialist degree in 1967.

In 2018, she was awarded the UGA President’s Medal in recognition of her accomplishments.

"Her triumph as the first African American graduate of UGA made her a central figure in the struggle to desegregate the University and serves as an example to all," the university wrote.

The college will be renamed the Mary Frances Early College of Education. A naming ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 26) in the Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall at the University of Georgia Performing Arts Center.

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