First Generation Program Reconnects with Alums and Celebrates Seniors

Alice Rugoletti, Staff Associate, UAAP

May was a big month for the First Generation Program (FGP), which supports students who are the first in their families to attend college. On May 2, 35 MIT first generation students and nine alumni gathered for the annual Alumni Dinner. Professor Paul Lagace, faculty advisor to FGP, welcomed the group. Among the highlights of the evening were the remarks made by three of the alumni, who shared their experiences at and beyond MIT. Newly awarded MacVicar Faculty Fellow Scott Hughes offered closing thoughts.

FGP graduating seniorsOn May 16, we honored MIT first generation seniors with a special recognition ceremony and sash presentation. Forty students gathered with first generation faculty and staff to celebrate their achievements. Lagace addressed the soon-to-be graduates, recognizing the unique nature of their accomplishments and reminding them to reflect on their paths, as well as family and friends who helped them get to where they are now. Along with Professor Edmund Bertschinger, Lagace presented each senior with a custom FGP Commencement sash to wear at graduation. This tradition of special regalia for first generation graduates began with the Class of 2015.