Alumnae: Now & Then

Alumnae Notes: Now and Then




Featured in the Summer 2013 edition of The Messenger

Mary and Virginia McKinney were the first set of twins to graduate with honors from Spelman 
College in 1953. Mary was class valedictorian and Virginia was salutatorian.

On May 19, 2013 – 60 years later – Kristie and Kirstie Bronner, music majors from Atlanta, graduated 
from Spelman College as co-valedictorians with perfect 4.0 GPAs. The pair received a plethora 
of media coverage from local and national outlets, including ABC News, Fox News and The 
Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Kristie and Kirstie plan to work full-time in ministry as youth event 
coordinators at Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral, which is pastored by their father, the 
Rev. Dale C. Bronner.

The duo come from a long lineage of Spelman women. Their mother, the Rev. Nina Cobb Bronner, graduated from Spelman in 1985, their aunt, Sheila Bronner, is a member of the Class of 1986, and their grandmother, Dorothy Gibson Cobb, finished in 1956. Their father graduated from Morehouse College in 1984 where he finished as the top student in the field of religion.