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#CelebrateFirstGen at Monmouth

Monmouth University will be joining the 2nd annual First-Generation College Celebration on Nov. 8, a nationwide recognition of first-generation college students and their academic and professional accomplishments.

The University will kick off activities on Nov. 6 with a panel discussion titled “First to Fly: Celebration of the First-Generation Experience at Monmouth” at 3 p.m. in Anacon A (second floor of the Student Center). The panel will discuss the University’s First to Fly initiative along with first-generation accomplishments and successes at Monmouth University.

On Nov. 8, students, faculty and staff are welcome to join the University in celebrating first-generation college students at Monmouth by stopping by the First to Fly event table in the Student Center.  Information and sign-up opportunities regarding the first-generation student-mentoring program will be available.

Monmouth University established a dedicated position to lead campus-wide first-generation initiatives in 2017.  Last spring, Monmouth co-sponsored and sent six students to the 6th Annual First-Generation College Student Summit hosted by Mount Holyoke College.

The First Generation College Celebration day takes place annually on Nov. 8, as it marks the anniversary of the signing of the Higher Education Act of 1965. This law strengthened educational resources and financial assistance, providing students with the opportunity to continue their education and be the first of their families to earn college degrees.

For more information on Monmouth’s First to Fly initiative, contact Claude Taylor, Advisor-in-Residence for Academic Transition and Inclusion at