Wright State University became an independent institution in 1967 and spent the next 50 years growing into an innovative leader in affordable and accessible education. In 2017, we celebrate the first 50 years and set the course for the next half century.

Alumni Profile

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Wright State alum Sheila Skimmerhorn remembers the university’s beginnings
Sheila Skimmerhorn, the first student to register and complete her degree at what would become Wright State, kept a scrapbook of the university's early days.

Coming home

Wright State University’s 50th anniversary Homecoming Week ended with the annual Chili Cook-Off and a concert by former student and touring musician Clark Manson.

Peggy O'Brien Kelly

Alumna, Faculty

Wright State allowed me to figure out what I wanted to do with my life and how to do it well. I graduated with a B.S. and master's from Wright State. I now have the opportunity to work with Wright State students to help them be successful in math.

Emily Schlater Neu

Alumna

I was a young, single mother determined to beat the odds. Wright State allowed me to have the flexibility I needed to graduate with highest honors and raise my daughter. Now, I work for a Fortune 500 company in marketing and have my M.B.A.

Ginger Keeton

Alumna

Wright State is home! In 1993, I earned my B.S.E. Upon considering where to obtain my masters, I gravitated back to Wright State in 2000. For my administration license, I came here in 2007. Now, I work with Wright State student teachers in my school to pay it forward!

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