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A ticket showing that Laura Heath Hills will be awarded her medical degree at the upcoming commencement.

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“I’ve finished the eye and I’m up on my ear”: A Female Medical Student’s Life

When students registered and paid their fees at Woman’s Medical College, they were handed matriculation tickets, allowing them entrance to the classes listed on the back.  The matriculation tickets were given out at the beginning of each term.  Individual lectures and clinics often had attendance tickets, which were used to keep track of a student’s attendance.  Report cards also were printed on tickets, although often no grades were listed – just whether the student passed.

Because students did not receive report cards like the report cards students do today, examination tickets served as proof that the student had passed her classes and could continue her education in the next term.  This ticket notified Laura Heath Hills she was successful in her classes and exams, and has earned her medical degree.

Creator: Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania

Contributor: Hills, Laura Heath

Language: english

Item Number: a126_031

Pages: 1

Size: 12.5 x 7.5cm

Physical Collection: Papers of Laura Heath Hills, M.D., 1892-1949, ACC-126

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Cite this source: Title of document, date. A Female Medical Student’s Life: I’ve finished the eye and I’m up on my ear. Doctor or Doctress?: Explore American history through the eyes of women physicians. The Legacy Center, Drexel University College of Medicine Archives & Special Collections. Philadelphia, PA. Date of access.

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