The 6th Annual First-Generation Graduate Student Symposium

Join the Boston University Newbury Center, Duke University First-Generation Graduate Student Network, and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS, along with our new Cooperating Sponsor, the Center for First-generation Student Success, for our 6th annual symposium for graduate and professional students on February 24, 2023 via Zoom. This national symposium […]

Celebrate the Success of Two First-gen Students on Veterans Day

It’s BU’s First-gen College Celebration Week and Veterans Day–here we celebrate two of our Terrier F1RSTS who are also veterans.  We thank ALL of our military-affiliated students, whether they are veterans, active duty, ROTC, or in the Reserves! Name: Nick Wainwright Hometown: Pembroke, Massachusetts Undergrad Institution: Virginia Military Institute Current Degree Program: J.D. Branch and […]

Boston University First-Gen College Celebration 2022

Join the Newbury Center and the entire BU community as we celebrate the achievements and experiences of our first-generation undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. While the official date for the National First-Generation College Celebration is November 8th, we’re celebrating for a whole week.  All times listed below are EDT/EST. The Newbury Center and the entire […]

BU Supports 2022 Boston Public Schools Graduates

“Our mom didn’t go to college, our grandparents didn’t, so you know it’s kind of a big thing to be able to go,” says Catherine Hayes-Tierney (CGS’24). Earlier this month, this year’s Thomas M. Menino Scholars and Community Service Award students gathered for a photo with Robert A. Brown, BU president. Menino Scholars receive full-tuition […]

Commencement: a Moment of Pride and Achievement for These First-Gen Students

  Figuring out how to navigate college is challenging for any student, but especially so if you’re from a low-income family—which adds in how to pay for it—and the first in your family to graduate from college. It can be a lonely experience, one that many such students say makes them feel invisible as they […]

Resources for the Class of 2026

What is a first-generation student? A student in the first generation of their family to go to college (i.e., a student whose parents/guardians/caregivers did not earn bachelor’s degrees, although elder siblings and cousins may be attending college already or have earned four-year degrees). Welcome Terriers! We’re excited that you’ve chosen Boston University to embark on […]

The 5th Annual First-Generation Graduate Student Symposium

Join the Newbury Center, Duke University First-Generation Graduate Student Network, and UNC Chapel Hill Diversity and Student Success for our 5th annual symposium for graduate and professional students. The symposium will be on March 25, 2022 via Zoom. Please take a look at all the offerings we will have such as a talk with keynote […]

Malika Jeffries-EL Survived Grad School through Grit and Networking

“As a first-gen student, often you don’t know what you don’t know.” -Malika Jeffries-EL My father urged us all to go to college, but he was very honest. He said, “There’s no money in this house for college.” I am the 10th of 14 children. My mother had three children and my father had children […]