WCU Hosts Mississippi Woman's College Reunion

William Carey University hosted a reunion for the alumni of Mississippi Woman’s College on Friday, October 21, on the Hattiesburg campus. In addition to graduates of MWC, some who graduated during the transitional years of William Carey College were in attendance. The reunion featured a luncheon in the Glass Room of Thomas Business Building, with entertainment provided by Carey’s Songbirds, a women’s ensemble. Following the luncheon, the alumni toured Donnell Hall, which houses the Center for Study of the Life and Work of William Carey, D.D., and the Sarah Gillespie Museum of Art. 

WCU has a long history of changes and growth that led to the institution becoming what it is today. The campus that is now WCU originally opened its doors in 1906 as South Mississippi College. A fire destroying the buildings forced the school to shut down, but in 1911, it re-opened as Mississippi Woman’s College, and remained a woman’s college until 1954, when it changed to coeducational status. The school was re-named William Carey College, and in 2006, became William Carey University to reflect the institution’s growth.
Guests at the 2011 Mississippi Woman’s College reunion gather for a group photo in the Glass Room on WCU’s campus on October 21. Following the reunion luncheon, the group toured the campus.