First-Generation Graduates

Calling all trailblazers!

The First Forward Cording Ceremony is for students who are the first in their families to graduate from a 4 year institution. The ceremony includes keynotes by graduating first-generation students, remarks from our Vice President for Student Affairs and our Dean of Students.

Students are welcome to invite their families, friends and mentors to attend the celebration. During the cording, students can invite a person who helped them on their academic journey to cord them.

Following the cording, there will be a reception which includes food and cake and an opportunity for people to mingle and visit with each other.

First Forward Cording Ceremony

Thursday, December 19th | 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Jordan Ballroom, Student Union Building

Registration closes December 16th at 5pm.

If you are not unable to register by December 16th and would still like to participate in the celebration, please arrive at by 12:30pm in Jordan Ballroom to register. We look forward to seeing you there.

Free parking is provided in Lincoln Garage. Use parking code: FF Grad

If you are unable to attend the event but would like to receive a cord, you may pick one up at the front desk of the Student Diversity Center (Student Union Building, 2nd floor) starting on Friday, December 20th.  The center is open 8:30-5pm and cords will be given out on a first come, first served basis.

Register Here!