SPU participates in national First Generation College Student Celebration

Seattle Pacific University is joining the national recognition of first-generation college students with a campuswide celebration and reception on Friday, November 8, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. More than a third of SPU’s students are first-generation, meaning they will be  the first in their family to graduate with a bachelor’s degree.

The reception will feature food and beverages, first-generation swag, a raffle, photo booth, and a wall with words of encouragement from first-generation SPU faculty and staff. Other departments across campus will participate in the celebration by hosting drop-in activities.

“Seattle Pacific University is proud to be an institution that provides excellent educational opportunities and support for first-generation students,” says SPU President Dan Martin. “We are excited to celebrate the immense contributions that first-generation college students have made, and continue to make, in the SPU community.”

The First-Generation College Celebration, now in its third year, encourages institutions across the nation to celebrate the identity and successes of first-generation students and graduates. November 8 is also the anniversary of the Higher Education Act, signed into law in 1965 by President Lyndon Johnson to increase accessibility to higher education.

Posted: Wednesday, November 6, 2019