Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy ’00 to speak at W&M’s 2018 Opening Convocation
Event marks the beginning of 100 years of women commemoration at the university
Rep. Stephanie Murphy ’00 (D-Fla.), the first Vietnamese-American woman elected to U.S. Congress, will welcome William & Mary’s newest students to campus and help launch the 100th anniversary of women at William & Mary during the university’s 2018 Opening Convocation ceremony.
The event, which marks the beginning of the academic year, will take place Aug. 29 at 5:15 p.m. in the Wren Yard. The ceremony also launches a yearlong celebration of women at the university, 100 years after the first women were admitted as students in 1918. The ceremony will also be the first for William & Mary President Katherine Rowe, who was sworn in as the university’s 28th president earlier this month.
“The William & Mary community is so excited to welcome Congresswoman Murphy back to alma mater,” Rowe said. “Her public leadership and career of service to our nation reflect William & Mary’s most enduring values. She is the perfect choice to welcome the entering class and to kick off the 100th anniversary of women at William & Mary. We look forward to her visit and her address to students.”
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