Celebrating 40 Years of Women Graduates

Celebrating 40

In 1976, Anita Cilderman, a transfer student from Mount Holyoke College, became the first woman to graduate from Amherst College with a bachelor’s degree. Her class included 8 other women, who were all a part of the 12-College Exchange. This moment was a true milestone in the College’s history, occurring over 100 years after the College began discussing the possibility of coeducation.

The Women's and Gender Center commemerated this anniversary in a variety of ways. First, through two additions to our website: this page on Coeducation and the Women's and Gender Timeline. We also hosted an alumni series during the 2016-2017 academic year to showcase women graduates. 

At Reunion 2016, several events took place to honor our history and highlight women at Amherst College. 

Resources on Coeducation: