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Colorado University corrects history, awards diploma for first black woman to graduate

By Noel Brennan,

On graduation day, there are two givens: pomp and circumstance. If she could choose between the two, Polly McLean would lose the pomp.

“I’ve never been to my three graduations,” McLean said to the colleague helping her with her gown. “B.A., M.A., Ph.D. I was always – something happened or somewhere else.”

McLean finished getting ready in the gown room overlooking Folsom Field at CU Boulder. She may have savored that moment backstage because soon, she’d be front and center.

“Thank you for reminding me!” McLean laughed.


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