First Black Valedictorian to Graduate from Notre Dame

Katie Washington, 21, is a biology major and minor in Catholic social teaching with a 4.0 GPA.

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Katie Washington of Gary, Indiana will make history May 16th as the first Black valedictorian at Notre Dame

“I am humbled,” said Washington to the Northwest Indiana Times. "I am in a mode of gratitude and thanksgiving right now.”

University officials said they couldn’t recall ever having a black valedictorian, and don’t keep record of their race.

The valedictorian has been accepted to five schools, including Harvard, but she plans to pursue a joint M.D./Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University, according to nwitimes.com.

"Katie works so hard," Washington’s mother Jean Tomlin said. "I told her when she went to Notre Dame, 'You are representing your family, your church and the city of Gary. Make us proud.'"

Gary, stand up!

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