Geraldine L. "Jerrie" Mock Graduation Speech Collection Turner

Flying the "Spirit of Columbus," Geraldine L. "Jerrie" Mock, a native of Newark, Ohio, became the first woman to pilot an aircraft around the world. She departed from Columbus, Ohio, on March 19, 1964, and arrived back home on April 17, 1964, after flying 36,964 kilometers (23,103 miles) in 29 days, 11 hours, and 59 minutes. Mock was invited to speak at the graduation ceremony for the Orientation to Nontraditional Occupations for Women program at Licking County Joint Vocational School (Newark, Ohio) in November, 1991. The invitation was extended by Maryalice Turner, the program's coordinator and one of the instructors, and she also introduced Mock at the event.