Katherine Johnson among trailblazing African-American women to receive honorary doctorates from William & Mary


WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Nearly two years after her remarkable story was immortalized on screen in the film ‘Hidden Figures,’ Katherine Johnson has had a building at her former workplace named after her and a Barbie doll made in her likeness. Now, she’ll receive one of the highest honors from one of Virginia’s most prestigious universities.

Katherine Johnson

The NASA mathematician who helped make the first human spaceflight possible will be honored at William & Mary’s 2018 Commencement ceremony on May 12 at 9 a.m. in Zable Stadium.

Known as the “Legacy 3,” William & Mary’s first African-American residential students – Lynn Briley, Karen Ely and Janet Brown Strafer, all of the Class of 1971 – will also be recognized at the ceremony. William & Mary has been

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