First Generation Program Reception Honors Graduating Seniors

Nick Kaempf, Staff Associate, New Student Programming and Advising, UAAP

On May 11, the First Generation Program (FGP) held a recognition ceremony to celebrate MIT seniors who will be the first in their families to graduate from college. Students came together with a handful of first generation MIT faculty to connect one last time before the end of the semester, and to celebrate their achievements.First Generation Program reception for graduating seniors

Dean Dennis Freeman and Professor Paul Lagace, the FGP faculty advisor, addressed the soon-to-be graduates, recognizing the unique nature of their accomplishments. They also urged the students to take time to reflect on their path and show appreciation to family and friends who helped them get where they are now. Dean Freeman and Professor Lagace also presented each senior with their FGP Commencement sash to wear at graduation. This new tradition of special regalia for FGPs began with the Class of 2015.