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First Woman Graduate

 
 
First Woman Graduate Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 29, 2009
1. First Woman Graduate Marker
Inscription.
Margaret Marie Snider came to the College in January, 1955. She transferred to Clemson from Anderson College and finished her degree in 1957. Snider was the first woman to complete degree requirements at Clemson. She studied chemistry, then houses in Brackett Hall. This marker was placed on the fiftieth anniversary of her matriculation.

Then in 1958, Virginia Cole Skelton became the first female graduate to have completed all her undergraduate work at Clemson. Skelton earned a degree in Secondary Education with emphasis in mathematics and chemistry.

 
Erected 2005.
 
Location. 34° 40.717′ N, 82° 50.217′ W. Marker is in Clemson, South Carolina, in Pickens County. Marker is at the intersection of Calhoun Drive and Fort Hill Street, on the right when traveling south on Calhoun Drive. Click for map. Marker is located on the grounds of Clemson University, near the south corner of Brackett Hall. Marker is at or near this postal address: 321 Calhoun Drive, Clemson SC 29631, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Walter T. Cox, Jr. (within shouting distance of this marker); Quercus lyrata (Overcup Oak) (about 300 feet away, measured in a
First Woman Graduate Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 29, 2009
2. First Woman Graduate Marker
direct line); Outdoor Theater (Amphitheater) (about 400 feet away); The Old Tillman Hall Bell (about 500 feet away); Class of 1943 Veterans (about 500 feet away); Integration with Dignity, 1963 (about 500 feet away); Thomas Green Clemson (about 500 feet away); Fort Hill (about 600 feet away); Site of the First Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Clemson Agricultural College (about 600 feet away); Fort Hill Plantation Office (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Clemson.
 
Also see . . .
1. Women and Clemson University. E-book on the history of women at Clemson University. (Submitted on July 1, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

2. Find a Grave: Margaret Marie Snider Coker (1930-2000). Buried New Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery, Anderson, Anderson County, South Carolina. (Submitted on July 1, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

3. Brackett Hall. Named for Richard Newman Brackett, professor of chemistry, 1891-1937. (Submitted on July 1, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
First Woman Graduate Marker -<br>Brackett Hall image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 29, 2009
3. First Woman Graduate Marker -
Brackett Hall
Brackett Hall is named for Dr. Richard Newman Brackett, Ph.D., an early chemistry professor and department head who also chaired the Y.M.C.A. Advisory Board. Brackett was one of the original faculty in 1891, and survived all other members of Clemson's initial professors, passing away on November 27, 1937. Sometimes called the "Ology" building, Brackett Hall houses the Sociology, Geology, Psychology, and Political Science departments. (Source: http://www.clemsonwiki.com/wiki/Brackett_Hall.)
 

4. Clemson woman for all seasons: Virginia Cole Skelton '58. Ginny Skelton was a young wife and new mom when she enrolled in Clemson as an education major in August 1955. (Submitted on July 1, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

5. Clemson University. Official website of Clemson University. (Submitted on July 1, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. Education
 
February 2005 Unveiling image. Click for full size.
By Clemson World, Spring 2005, 2005
4. February 2005 Unveiling
Clemson University President Barker during the February 2005 unveiling of the marker which celebrated the 50th anniversary of Clemson education.
Margaret Marie Snider in a Science Lab image. Click for full size.
Clemson University by Helene M. Riley, 1957
5. Margaret Marie Snider in a Science Lab
According to an article in Clemson World (2005), Margaret Marie Snider Coker, who transferred from Anderson College after receiving a two-year degree, commuted by hitchhiking daily with her brother to Clemson from her home in Anderson. She recalled that when she entered class, the boys all stood up and clapped. She went on to earn a degree in chemistry in 1957 and at that moment became Clemson's first female graduate.
Margaret Marie Snider Receiving Her Diploma from Clemson President Robert F. Poole image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, 1957
6. Margaret Marie Snider Receiving Her Diploma from Clemson President Robert F. Poole
Virginia Cole Skelton image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott
7. Virginia Cole Skelton
Virginia Cole Skelton became the first female graduate to earn all of her hours at Clemson; she also went on to become the first female president of Clemson's Alumni Council in 1993.
 
 
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