Wheaton Alumnae Association founded
The Wheaton Seminary Alumnae Association held its first meeting after graduation exercises on July 13. Mrs. Metcalf was elected the Association’s first President. Plans for the Association were formulated in 1869 by the Class of 1870, which included Annie Kilham, who would later serve for many years as a member of the Board of Trustees.
The Alumnae Association's purpose, stated in its Constitution, was to "promote mutual acquaintance and interest among the graduates of the Institution, and also an interest in the Seminary." The Constitution defined the membership as including graduates, principals, teachers and Mrs. Wheaton. The exclusion of non-graduates became a problem, however, as so few students actually graduated from the Seminary. By 1922, there were only 512 living graduates, but 1738 living former students, so the Association was reorganized to include non-graduates.