158 The History of Wake Forest
Maria Henson at the Lexington Herald-Leader
The experiences of two pioneering female students were also noted. Evabelle
Simmons, the first and, for more than half a century, only female graduate of Wake
Forest College, was tutored by faculty and completed the requirements for a degree
in 1888. However, the trustees refused to grant her a diploma until 1890, when they
reversed their decision. The first black female student, Patricia Smith-Deering of ­
Winston-Salem, arrived on campus as a day student in 1962, the same year that Ed
Reynolds, a black student from Ghana,
was allowed to attend. In a lecture on
February 11, she described the stress
she endured, especially when she was
allowed to live on campus in her sec-
ond year; she acknowledged, however,
that even if her education was white-
centered, Wake Forest opened new
doors for her in employment and life.
The Policy Group on Rape Edu-
cation, Prevention, and Response
(PREPAR) sponsored a Rape Aware-
ness Week February 20–26. Coordi-
nated by Charlita Cardwell, events
included “Tie a Yellow Ribbon on the
Quad” to recognize campus rape vic-
tims and “Speak Out” in Wait Chapel
to raise awareness about rape.
Maya Angelou
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