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The Mount Aloysius Community is invited to join us for a First-Generation Alumni Panel Discussion on November 11, 2021, at 5:30 p.m. The panel discussion will be held virtually and can be viewed by clicking the link below at the time of the event. With many of our students being the first in their families to attend college, we want to use this alumni panel discussion to encourage our current students and share our alumni success.

Watch the event video here:


The panelists include:
Emily Goldyn ’19
Nick Goldyn ’19
Alison McElheny ’19
Danielle Vandenbergh ’21

Questions about the event?

Luke Fragello ’12, G’14, Director of Alumni Affairs

More about First-Generation College Celebration
From the Center for First-generation Student Success website:

In 2017, the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) and the Center for First-generation Student Success launched the inaugural First-Generation College Celebration! Given the continued success of this event, COE and the Center now partner to make this celebration an annual event.

On November 8, we encourage colleges, universities, corporations, non-profits, and K-12 schools to celebrate the success of first-generation college students, faculty, staff, and alumni in any and every way possible.

November 8 was selected as the date for the annual National First-Generation College Celebration to honor the anniversary of the signing of the Higher Education Act of 1965. The Higher Education Act (“HEA”) emerged out of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty. Much like other hallmark legislation of that era, such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, HEA was intended to help level a playing field that for too long had been weighed against Americans from minority and low-income backgrounds. In addition to creating federal grants and loan programs to help students finance their educations, the legislation made key investments in institutions of higher education. Additionally, HEA ushered in programs, particularly the Federal TRIO programs, necessary for postsecondary access, retention, and completion for low-income, potential first-generation college graduates.

More info can be found at: https://firstgen.naspa.org/engagement/first-generation-college-celebration

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