HAPPY CELEBRATE FIRST-GEN DAY! For today’s First-Generation College Celebration, I want to celebrate all who identify as a first-generation student on behalf of the Immigrant and First-Generation Immigrant Subcommittee and as the subcommittee leader! We are so proud of you for pushing through every obstacle so that you may continue to pave this brave new path. You are resilient. You are resourceful. You are dedicated. You are hard-working. You are passionate. You belong. And even though it isn’t always easy, you keep going anyway. You are an inspiration! Today, and everyday, we celebrate your success and are excited and hopeful for your future accomplishments.
I encourage you to join me in celebrating! Tag a first-generation college student below, or if you are one, comment below and share your story with us or tell us why you are proud to be a first-generation college student! #CelebrateFirstGen#FirstGenDay#FirstGeneration
-Nadine Cabo Chan, Immigrant and First-Gen Immigrant Subcommittee Leader
We celebrate on November 8 to commemorate the anniversary of the signing of the Higher Education Act by President Johnson in 1965. This act created federal loan and grant programs and invested in higher education so that Americans from minority and low-income backgrounds could better attain a postsecondary education.
The definition of a “first-generation student” can be nuanced. Federally, it has been defined as students who come from families where their parents do not have a 4-year college degree. However, many college institutions also consider students to be first-generation if their parents completed a 4-year college degree but did so outside of the United States. The Immigrant and First-Generation Immigrant Subcommittee is excited to recognize and honor all first-generation college students for the National First-Generation College Celebration.