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MSU Faculty Senate to Discuss Unprecedented Honorary Degree

MSU officials are moving forward on giving a historic honorary degree to a woman was essentially denied admission to the university 60 years ago on the basis of race and never went to college. KSMU's Emma Wilson reports.

Late Thursday afternoon, Dr. Earle Doman, Dean of Students at Missouri State University, along with Charlotte Hardin, the assistant vice president of multicultural programs, and Dr. Leslie Anderson, the chief diversity officer, were scheduled to present a proposal for an unprecedented honorary undergraduate degree to the Faculty Senate at Missouri State University. The degree would be given to Mary Jean Price, the first documented black applicant to what is now Missouri State. She was essentially denied admission to the university 60 years ago on the basis of race and never went to college. Doman says that they would be “requesting endorsement” from the Faculty Senate in order to move forward with what would be the first honorary undergraduate degree presented by the university. The goal, Doman says, is to establish the protocol for such a degree so it can be presented to Mary Jean Price at summer commencement on July 30th.

For KSMU News, I'm Emma Wilson.