Elizabeth Resident Graduates From Emma Willard School

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TROY, N.Y. — Shalayah Gaines, a resident of Elizabeth, was among 84 students from Emma Willard who graduated during the school’s 197th Commencement Ceremony held on Sunday, May 29.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand (D-NY) – a leading advocate for education and equality issues and a 1984 graduate of Emma Willard School – delivered the keynote address.

As the oldest private girls’ school in the country, Emma Willard School has been empowering girls since 1814. Pioneering educator Emma Hart Willard envisioned a world where girls had the same opportunities as boys and where girls could receive unparalleled educational leadership.


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