The integration of Black students occurred at Texas State in February 1963 when five young Black women registered for classes as a result of the U.S. District Court order. Of the original five, Dana Jean Smith of San Marcos graduated, receiving a bachelor of science in education with a major in elementary education in 1967.
Records verify that a Hispanic surnamed student enrolled at the university as early as 1906. Maria Elena Zamora (who would later marry and become Maria Elena Zamora-O’Shea) earned a teaching certificate in 1906 and renewed that certificate in the summer of 1911.
The first bachelor’s degree was awarded in 1919 to Mamie E. Brown, who received three permanent teaching certificates from the Normal.
The first master’s degree was awarded in 1937 to Margaret McClung Walker, who received a Master's in Educational Administration. (Her daughter, Chloe Walker Sanborn, wrote a thesis in 1934- The Story of Riverside.)
The first two doctoral degrees were awarded in May of 2000 to Lisa DeChano (Geography) and Todd Votteler (Geography).