Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Video Interview: Constance Howard, one of the First African-American Females to Graduate from Peirce College

As we celebrate Black History Month during our 150th anniversary, we explore a truly inspiring moment in Peirce history. We recently had the opportunity to get a first-person narrative from one of the first African-American female graduates of Peirce College, Constance Carlos Howard.

Constance enrolled at Peirce College (known as Peirce School at the time) in 1952 and remembers her time at Peirce both vividly and fondly. In the video, she recalls some of the classes she took, including typing, math, psychology and business, and shows us some of the textbooks she used more than 62 years ago.

A bright and determined student, Constance completed two years of course material in only 18 months. After graduating, she recalls how Peirce School sent her out on several interviews and ultimately landed a job doing stenography shorthand at Philadelphia General Hospital.

Learn more about Constance Carlos Howard’s experience, what it was like to be an African-American female student during the 1950s, and her advice to current students, all in her own words in this enlightening video interview: