new icn messageflickr-free-ic3d pan white
Nun in St. Procopius College chemistry lab, c. 1960s | by Benedictine University
Back to photostream

Nun in St. Procopius College chemistry lab, c. 1960s

Collection: Benedictine University Archives, Benedictine University Library


Title: March 2014 Photo of the Month: [Nun in St. Procopius College chemistry lab, c. 1960s]


Date: c. 1960s


Place: North America: U.S.; Lisle, IL;


Type: 5x7 Photograph



In March 1968, St. Procopius College administration announced that the school (now Benedictine University) would become fully co-educational as of the 1968 fall semester. Prior to this change, a small number of women were allowed special student status and the ability to take classes, including sisters from area abbeys, as shown in this photo.

45 freshman women matriculated that fall and the school used St. Mary’s Hall on the Benet Academy campus as the first de facto women’s residence hall. When surveyed by The Procopian News, the new women students reported a positive experience with just a little awkwardness:

“I think the boys feel that they have to be on their guard all the time. They don’t have to be afraid of us. All they have to do is act normal.” said frosh boarder Dianne Coppoletta.


Photo ID: s-1687


Photographer: unknown


There are no known U.S. copyright restrictions on this image. The digital file is owned by the Benedictine University Library which is making it freely available through a Creative Commons license with the request that the Library be credited as its source.


0 faves
Taken on February 28, 2014