Lawrence University was one of the first colleges in the country to be founded coeducational. From the time that preparatory classes began in 1849, both men and women were enrolled. The first class to graduate from the college, in 1857, included four men and three women.

From left to right: Henry Colman, William Dolphin Storey, Allen Jeffrey Atwell, and Justin Martyr Copeland (the last two are possibly in reverse order.) From left to right: Francena Kellogg Buck, Adelaide Grant Carver, and Lucinda Darling Colman.