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West Point to graduate record number of black female cadets


Share This Story!Let friends in your social network know what you are reading aboutWest Point’s class of 2019 includes historic number of African-American womenWest Point also projects a record number of hispanic female graduates in the Class of 2019, which is set to include the academy’s 5,000 female grad.Post to FacebookSent!A link has been sent to your friend’s email address.Posted!A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. The U.S. Military Academy at West Point’s class of 2019 is set to include 34 African-American women, the highest number in the prestigious academy’s history.That’s not the only historic figure West Point is projecting this year: The class will also include the largest number of hispanic female graduates ever, West Point spokesperson Frank DeMaro told USA TODAY on Thursday. Nineteen hispanic female cadets are projected to graduate in a May 25 ceremony.DeMaro said West Point is also set to graduate its 5,000th female cadet since 1980, when the first class of women graduated from the academy. At the time, the congressional decision to allow women to attend service academies was controversial and met with public opposition from some senior academy leaders, according to a U.S. Army profile.This year’s record number of African-American women graduates isn’t expected to last long: DeMaro projects that next year’s class will be even bigger. A traditional Old Corps photoshoot was held to memorialize the historic number of black female graduates, the website Because of Them We Can reported.West Point’s 2019 class will include a record number of African American females. (Photo: US Army photo by Cadet Hallie H. Pound)“My hope when young Black girls see these photos is that they understand that regardless of what life presents you, you have the ability and fortitude to be a force to be reckoned with,” cadet Tiffany Welch-Baker told the website.Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to address West Point’s class of 2019 as commencement speaker. AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideRead or Share this story: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/05/16/west-point-graduate-record-number-black-female-cadets/3695419002/

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