This month in history: May

Metal arch reading "Colorado Women's College"Colorado Women’s College graduates final class

May 1982


For the Colorado Women’s College Class of 1982, the graduation ceremony on May 15 marked the conclusion not only of their undergraduate study but also the end of 94 years of independent operations for their alma mater. Three months earlier, on Feb. 2, the Colorado Women’s College (CWC) — which had been incorporated in 1888 by Rev. Robert Cameron of the First Baptist Church of Denver — officially merged with the University of Denver. Following the acquisition, the University closed its downtown campus and began moving forward with plans to develop a new law center and install the Lamont School of Music on the CWC campus in Denver’s Park Hill neighborhood. DU continued CWC’s commitment to women’s studies and in the 1990s, the Weekend College, which was initially incorporated into the Daniels College of Business, became a separate academic unit. It eventually was renamed the Women’s College and today resides in the Chambers Center on the University Park campus.


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