First-Generation Celebration

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Celebrating First-Generation Students

First-generation college students inspire us “to keep reimagining new ways to honor a diversity of voices and experiences,” in the words of TC faculty member and fellow first-gen student Dr. Carmen Martínez-Roldán. In honor of the many students, alumni and faculty within the Teachers College community whose hard work and resilience have led them to be the first in their families to attend college or graduate school, TC is continuing our long-held tradition of supporting first-generation scholars by participating in #CelebrateFirstGen on November 8.

Student/Alumni Stories


Support First-Generation Students

First-generation students are trailblazers who bring unique and diverse perspectives to our community and carry forward our legacy of equity and inclusion.  Support them today with a gift to Teachers College.

TC First Generation Celebration at Convocation 2019

Community Stories


Tim Wentworth

Open quotesAs a first-generation student myself, I deeply appreciate and honor the challenges that each of our first generation students have confronted and overcome to reach a place of excellence and opportunity in their lives. They are role models for their families and their communities!Close quotes

Tim Wentworth
Teachers College Trustee

Faculty Stories


Celebrate With TC


I'm First - Pin

Get your "I'm First!" pin

Join the College in celebrating first-generation students today, November 8! We welcome you to drop by Graduate Student Life and Development and pick up an "I'm First!" pin to visibly show your support of our first-generation students in Building 528, Suite 155 from 9 am to 5 pm. Share your first-gen pride, share your story, and help us #CelebrateFirstGen on social media. 

First-Generation College Celebration: Celebrating our Trailblazers and Changemakers

Celebrating our Trailblazers and Changemakers

First-Generation College Celebration: I AM FIRST

I AM FIRST

First generation students applaud at graduation

Past Ceremonies

An annual tradition of TC's Convocation, watch our recent Diversity & First-Generation Celebration ceremonies:

Read the Diversity & First-Generation 6th Annual Celebration Letters

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