First-Generation Graduate Reception

New Student & Family Programs will host a celebration to honor the successes of graduating first-generation students and their families. The university classifies "first-gen" as any student whose parent(s) or guardian(s) did not graduate from a four-year higher education institution. The celebration reception will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, with remarks and stole ceremony at 5:30 p.m. A location will be sent to students after they RSVP.

At the reception, graduating students will receive a sliver stole with an embroidered "First-Generation Graduate" designation. Students are encouraged to wear the stole at the celebration and their commencement ceremony. Light snacks and photo opportunities will be provided.

First-generation graduates can RSVP themselves and guests at the following RSVP link.

Please contact New Student & Famlily Programs at if you have any questions.


Quincy D. Spencer, director
New Student and Family Programs


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