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Ernest Hairston ’61 & PhD ’94 and Mencie Hairston G-’77

Ernest – West Virginia & Mencie – Philippines
Gallaudet offers more than just academics. Gallaudet provides opportunities for personal and professional growth by offering connections, friendships, and relationships that you never imagined were possible.

Here at Gallaudet, you are loved, no matter whether you are deaf, hearing, deafblind, a new signer, or from abroad.

Discover a community at Gallaudet that will support you and embrace you. Just like Ernie and Mencie, you will experience love and be astonished by the multitude of possibilities that Gallaudet has to offer on your journey.

A Love Story at Gallaudet

45 years ago, a love story began when Ernie and Mencie, who came to Gallaudet from opposite sides of the world, met through a chance encounter. Together, their journey to becoming leaders of the Deaf community commenced.
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#IAmGallaudet Stories

Explore the stories of a variety of members of our Gallaudet community.

The #IAmGallaudet campaign is part of The Gallaudet Promise, our ten-year vision to share the story from many different angles and show that there are many different ways to be deaf. These stories are moving, insightful, and often triumphant. These also reflect the importance of the space Gallaudet has offered to nurture the growth of a broad range of successful members of the deaf, hard of hearing, and signing community.