This Day In Bonaventure History

By Joe Pinter, News Editor, @JPinter93

This Day in Bonaventure History

April 18, 1943

World War II set off many changes in the United States. Most notably, women and African-Americans were able to take over jobs once held by men, and colleges began to admit them because of low enrollment.

Before the war, St. Bonaventure University only allowed women to take night classes or summer programs. But once the war began, women were finally admitted as full undergraduate day students for the first time in the eighty-four year history of the school.

It was on this day that six women received degrees, becoming the first co-eds to ever participate in commencement at Bonaventure.

Though the move to enroll women was deemed only temporary at first, the school decided to continue it. It dramatically changed the makeup of Bonaventure.


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