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NCC Celebrates First Generation College Students


Nash Community College President Lew Hunnicutt has announced November 8, 2021, as National-First Generation Student Day on the campus, and is urging all students, alumni and employees to observe the importance of the day.

The College defines first-generation students as those students who are the first in their immediate family to attend an institution of higher education. The campus joins the national celebration on the same day when colleges, universities, corporations, non-profits, and K-12 schools are encouraged to celebrate the success of first-generation college students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

“We are acknowledging the contributions and diversity that first-generation students bring to our community and committing as an institution to providing resources to support these students in their post-secondary success,” President Hunnicutt said.

The Council for Opportunity in Education and the Center for First-Generation Student Success launched the inaugural First-Generation College Celebration in 2017 and it has since been recognized annually.

Between now and November 1, NCC students, alumni and employees are encouraged to share their “Nighthawk First Gen” stories with #NighthawkFirstGen to help the community celebrate the success of first-generation college students.

The day also brings awareness to the systemic barriers to higher education and the support needed for this important and resilient population.

To share your story, please click on the appropriate link: NCC StudentsNCC Alumni, NCC Employees