On Saturday, July 22, there will be a graduation ceremony to honor the 23 Black Deaf students and four Black teachers of Kendall School Division II for Negroes, the segregated school for Black Deaf students on Gallaudet’s campus from 1952 to 1954. At this ceremony, students and their descendants will receive high school diplomas conferred by the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center. 

This event is hosted by the Louise B. Miller Pathways and Gardens: A Legacy to Black Deaf Children Steering Committee. The Steering Committee represents the following Gallaudet University divisions: Office of the President; Division of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusive Excellence; Center for Black Deaf Studies; Institutional Advancement; Campus Design and Facilities; and University Communications. 

Here is the list of graduates and educators: 


Mary Arnold 

Irene Brown 

Darrell Chatman 

Robbie Cheatham 

Dorothy Howard 

Robert Jones 

Richard King 

Rial Loftis 

William Matthews 

Donald Mayfield 

Robert Milburn 

Kenneth Miller 

Willie Moore 

Deborah Moton 

Clifford Oghurn 

Diana Pearson 

Doris Richardson 

Julian Richardson 

Christine Robinson 

Norman Robinson 

Janice  Ruffin 

Barbara Shorter 

Dorothy Watkins 


Rubye S. Frye 

Mary E. Britt 

Robert Robinson 

Bessie Z. Thornton 

For more information, visit the Center for Black Deaf Studies website

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