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Celebration for 1974 Women

May 2024 marks 50 years since the trailblazing women of the Class of 1974 graduated as members of the first fully-coeducated class of the University of Virginia! The Alumni Association is excited to honor and recognize this very special anniversary with programming planned in partnership with a steering committee of 1974 alumnae.

Events for 1974 Women at Reunions

In addition to the Reunions schedule you have come to know and love, the Alumni Association will host a series of events exclusively for the women of the Class of 1974 and their registered guests to reunite, reflect, and celebrate. When you register for Reunions, you’ll see a special Women of Class of 1974 registration type – please select that registration type to ensure you see all the events below.

If you are an alumna who entered the University in the early-70s, you are invited to join us for this celebration! To ensure you stay in the loop, let us know you’re interested in participating by filling out this short form and see who is planning to attend on the Hoos Attending page.

Thursday, May 30

Various tours, open houses
4–6 p.m.
Cocktail Reception for the Women of 1974: Kick off your 50th Reunion weekend with an exclusive cocktail reception in the Dome Room of the Rotunda. Enjoy beverages, light bites, and remarks from fellow alumnae.

Friday, May 31

10:30–11:30 a.m.
Behind the Book: Telling the Story of the Class of Women Who Coeducated UVA: Alumni of all classes are invited to join this interactive session, featuring Gail Burrell Gerry (Col ’74), author of By God, I Think They’re Here to StayFirsts: The Story of the Class of Women Who Coeducated the University of Virginia, which will debut this year. Friend and classmate Dickie McMullan (Col ’74) will interview Gail to learn more about her journey writing the book and hear unique stories and perspectives of this transformative moment in UVA’s history.
11:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
Celebration Luncheon for the Women of the Class of 1974 and Official University Portrait: Join fellow 1974 alumnae, University leaders, and friends of the class for an exclusive Reunions luncheon. Additionally, the official portrait of 1974 women will be taken so that it can be installed on Grounds in the fall as part of the University’s ongoing work to highlight events and people who have broken barriers, sparked change, and shaped the history of UVA. This is an event you won’t want to miss!

Saturday, June 1

3:30–4:30 p.m.
Alumnae Panel: Reflections from the Women of 1974 | A panel of 1974 alumnae will reflect on their unique journeys, the ways they forged community and created space for women on Grounds, and the lessons they’ve carried with them as alumnae.

Additional Events for the Women of 1974

Members of the alumnae steering committee are working with University partners to plan additional events for the Women of 1974 in Fall 2024. They are looking for alumnae to support them in this effort, specifically by serving as panelists or leaders of breakout sessions. If you are interested in learning more or getting involved, please email

More Resources

The history of the University of Virginia is not complete without women’s stories. Take a look at our timeline highlighting the achievements and milestones of UVA women.

1974 Alumnae Steering Committee

  • Ms. Alda G. Biddell (Education)
  • Ms. Margaret Ann Brown (Arts & Sciences)
  • Mrs. Patricia Jones Burnette (Education)
  • Mrs. Patricia K. Epps (Arts & Sciences)
  • Mrs. Patricia H. Fralix (Nursing)
  • Ms. Gail Burrell Gerry (Arts & Sciences)
  • Mrs. Janet Palmer Hamel (Arts & Sciences)
  • Mrs. Dale M. Hill (Arts & Sciences)
  • Ms. Sylvia Fortney Hunt (Education)
  • Ms. Karen Juul-Nielsen (Arts & Sciences)
  • Ms. Joan L. Kennedy (Architecture)
  • Ms. Susan Clements Kiely (Arts & Sciences)
  • Mrs. Connie Clark Laudenschlager (Arts & Sciences)
  • Mrs. Terry J. Lockhart (Arts & Sciences)
  • Ms. Mary Bland Love (Arts & Sciences)
  • Frances Dickinson McMullan, MD (Arts & Sciences)
  • Mrs. Paulette J. Morant (Arts & Sciences)
  • Ms. Christine M. Ozyjowski (Commerce)
  • Barbara D. Savage, J.D., PhD (Arts & Sciences)
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Fitz Scott (Education)
  • Ms. Betty L. Shotton (Arts & Sciences)
  • Ms. Barbara E. Wilkinson (Arts & Sciences)

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