Celebrating First-Generation Students in the University Community

The University of Scranton celebrated National First-Generation College Day On Nov. 8. 

Trivia: Michelle Obama is a First-Generation student.

The event took place on Second Floor DeNaples from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The National First-Generation College Celebration recognized Royals who are the first in their families to complete a four-year degree. Twenty-two percent of the undergraduate student body at The University of Scranton are first-generation students.

“This event serves to celebrate the successes of all first-generation students. It also shows how many first-generation students there are on campus, while also highlighting notable figures who are first-generation students, like Father Pilarz and Michelle Obama,” Robert McGowan, THR1VE Program Coordinator, said.


The THR1VE program organized this celebration. The University launched THR1VE last year to benefit first-generation students, as the program seeks to celebrate and support those who identify as first-generation college students.

The event did just that; it showed support to and celebrated the first-generation students, staff and alumni of Scranton.

University of Scranton students using the photo booth at the event.

“It’s great to be able to recognize first-generation students to help them understand we are here to support them,” Shannon Murphy-Fennie, assistant dean of Students and Director of the Center for Student Engagement, said. 

The festivities included a photo booth, trivia, Scranton Success and Fail it Forward sharing boards, food, information and giveaways.

Also at the event, first-generation students had the opportunity to create a Scranton Connections profile and connect with alumni on that platform. Representatives of Scranton Connections were at the event to assist with this process.

To join Scranton Connections, go to ScrantonConnections.com, create an account using your scranton.edu e-mail address, select student as user type, follow the steps to complete your profile and start connecting with alumni!

Photo booth materials.

University of Scranton alumni are always eager and willing to help current students or recent graduates of the University, so be sure to take advantage of this opportunity.

If you have any further questions about Scranton Connections, feel free to e-mail careers@scranton.edu.

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