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Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 4:01am

UGA Celebrates 1st Black Grad

Updated: 2 years ago.
Mary Frances Early received her master's degree in 1962 from the University of Georgia. She was the university’s first black graduate, and she will speak at a ceremony commemorating her graduation Aug. 15. (Photo Courtesy of marganz via stock.xchng.)

The University of Georgia plans to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the graduation of the first African-American to earn a degree from the school.

Mary Frances Early received her master's degree in 1962. She is set to speak at a ceremony commemorating her graduation on Aug. 15.

An Atlanta native, Early got a bachelor's degree in music education from Clark Atlanta University in 1957 and had started postgraduate work at the University of Michigan when she transferred to Georgia to complete her studies in the summer of 1961.

Earlier that year, Charlayne Hunter-Gault and Hamilton Holmes had become the first African-American students to enroll at Georgia.

Early has had an extensive career in music an education, most recently as music department head at Clark Atlanta.

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