Before 1864

Francis Williams1729 Anton Wilhelm Amo graduates from the University of Halle Germany (Law). In 1730 Amo enrolls in Wittenberg University, where he receives a Doctor of Philosophy degree (1734).

1758 Francis Williams graduates from Cambridge University (UK), becoming the first known Black person in the Americas to graduate from college. Williams was born in 1702, in Kingston, Jamaica.

1795 John Chavis enrolls at Liberty Hall Academy in Virginia (now Washington and Lee University).

1823 Alexander Lucius Twilight becomes the first African American to graduate from Middlebury College.

1826 John Brown Russwurm becomes the first African American to graduate from Bowdoin  College.

1828 Theodore Sedgewick Wright becomes the first African American to graduate from Princeton University.

1828 John Newton Templeton becomes the first African American to graduate form Ohio University.

1838 Andrew Harris becomes the first African American to graduate from the University of Vermont.

1844 George Boyer Vashon becomes the first African American to graduate from Oberlin College. Vashon was the valedictorian of his graduating class, and he delivered the commencement address for that year.

1857 Dr. Cortlandt Van Rensselaer Creed becomes the first African American to graduate from Yale Medical School.

1862 Mary Jane Patterson becomes the first African American woman to earn a bachelor’s degree (B.A., Oberlin College).

1864 Rebecca Lee Crumpler becomes the first African American woman to earn an M.D. degree (New England Female Medical College).

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