West Point is about to graduate its largest class of black women in its 217-year history
Thirty-two black female cadets will graduate from the United States Military Academy on May 25 — the largest group of black women the school has matriculated in its 217-year history.
The school, more commonly referred to as West Point, shared photos of the historic group, posing in dress uniform, with INSIDER on Thursday.
West Point has been making an effort to recruit more multicultural cadets since 2014, when it set up a diversity office.
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A group of black female cadets at the United States Military Academy proudly posed for photos together ahead of their May 25 graduation, to mark being part of the largest class of black women to graduate from the 217-year-old institution.
Thirty-two black women are set to graduate from the school, more commonly known as West Point, in the class of 2019, the Philadelphia Tribune reported. The momentous occasion comes more than 155 years after the end of slavery, and nearly 99 years after women won the right to vote.
West Point was founded in 1802 but didn’t admit its first black cadet until 1870. The first women were admitted in 1976.
Since 2014 though, the school has been making more of an effort to recruit more cadets from different backgrounds, by setting up an office of diversity, according to CNN.
West Point spokesman Frank Demaro told CNN on Wednesday that he expects many more landmarks in the school’s future when it comes to diversity.
“Last year’s graduating class had 27” black women, Demaro said. “And the expectation is next year’s class will be even larger than this year’s.”
Demaro also pointed out that this year’s class includes “the highest number of female Hispanic graduates, along with graduating our 5,000th female cadet.”
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