Claudia Gallaway

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On the evening of June 6, 1911, Omaha University, now known as the University of Nebraska at Omaha, held its very first commencement ceremony. The sole graduate of this ceremony was forty-two-year-old Claudia V. Gallaway (sometimes spelled Galloway). Gallaway had previously studied at both Wellesly College, a Liberal Arts College for women in Wellesly, Massachusetts and Gates College in Neligh, Nebraska. When Gates College closed in 1899, Gallaway transferred to and subsequently graduated from “OU” (Bullock 245). At all three universities, her work was known to be of the “highest character,” particularly in Latin. During the commencement ceremony, Claudia Gallaway stood and presented her essay, “Revolutionary Phases in the Public School System” (Becker 10).

On the evening of June 6, 1911, Omaha University, now known as the University of Nebraska at Omaha, held its very first commencement ceremony. The sole graduate of this ceremony was forty-two-year-old Claudia V. Gallaway (sometimes spelled Galloway). Gallaway had previously studied at both Wellesly College, a Liberal Arts College for women in Wellesly, Massachusetts and Gates College in Neligh, Nebraska. When Gates College closed in 1899, Gallaway transferred to and subsequently graduated from “OU” (Bullock 245). At all three universities, her work was known to be of the “highest character,” particularly in Latin. During the commencement ceremony, Claudia Gallaway stood and presented her essay, “Revolutionary Phases in the Public School System” (Becker 10).

There is little biographical information about Claudia Gallaway, UNO’s first graduate. We know she was born on July 14, 1868, making her nearly forty-three years old upon

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