McNeese State University celebrated National First Generation Day (Nov. 8) to increase awareness and attention to the nearly 25% of students who are the first in their family to attend a university.
“It’s important that our first generation students know that we are committed to helping them succeed,” says Dr. Chris Thomas, vice president for student affairs.
For many students and their families, attending a university is an overwhelming experience.
“It’s the small things that can make a difference to students and their families,” continues Thomas. “That is really what this celebration is about. We want students to know they are recognized and we are happy they made McNeese their First Choice.”
Students were invited to sign their name and share why they celebrate being a first generation students on a commemorative banner that will be hung in the student union.