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In 1969, Walter Schrader became the first male to receive a degree from Winthrop. Men had been allowed to take Summer and evening courses since as early as 1898, but Winthrop's charter forbade men from receiving a degree from Winthrop until the coeducation bill was passed changing the charter in 1974. Before Mr. Schrader received his degree in 1969, male students would have to transfer to another institution to receive a degree, however Mr. Schrader sued and won the right to be awarded a graduate degree from Winthrop in 1969.
This photograph is of Walter Schrader receiving his degree from Winthrop President Charles Davis in 1969.
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