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

Scrap value

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.

Jim Ingram

Alumnus

I came to Wright State University feeling very alone, but made relationships there that have lasted 20+ years going forward. I spent as much time at WWSU and The Guardian as I did in class, but it all worked out for the better. I wouldn't trade those experiences for anything.

Lisa and Eric

Alumni

We met in psychology class in Oelman Hall freshman year 1989. We started dating and married in 1993. Our 24th anniversary is this year. Wright State holds many wonderful memories: parking in K lot, tennis class, people watching on the quad, the Rat, playing euchre in the bike shop, and the friendships we made.

Andrea Foy

Alumna

After graduating Fairborn Baker HS, I attended Wright State from 1982 to 1987—it was quite an awakening! I gravitated towards liberal arts/mass communications. I received my bachelor's and after traveling the world, I am an author, speaker, and coach, as well as an employee at Wright-Patt.

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