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First-Gen Tritons, Class of 2020 Virtual Recognitions

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Congratulations First-Gen Grads! 

Spring 2020 graduates of UC San Diego’s undergraduate and graduate programs will be recognized with virtual ceremonies.  To compliment your virtual commencement experience, we would like the opportunity to feature graduating first-generation Tritons on a recognition website for graduates. This website will spotlight your accomplishments, give you space to share your experience as a first-generation student, and provide a unique opportunity to express gratitude to those who supported you along the way. 

Be a part of the UC-wide First-gen graduates class of 2020 community.  Tag us on social media #FirstGenUC, #NewUCGrad and #Class of 2020 #celebrateFirstGen #FirstGenForward. 

A link to the published website will be accessible on this webpage.

Thank you to campus partners for supporting our first-generation Tritons and making this initiative possible!


First-Gen Grad Recognition Website

The First-Gen Grad Virtual Recognition Website is now LIVE! Read the stories, words of gratitude, and profiles of the Class of 2020, First-Gen Graduates.


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Recognition Site Overview

The first-gen virtual recognition site, with over two hundred profiles, was viewed all over the world! See a breakdown of all the viewers, participants, and their involvement!

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Congratulations Class of 2020

We are so proud of all of our First-Gen grads. Check out this video of first-gen staff, alumni and supporters wishing our Class of 2020 well, via the popular social media #dontrush challenge.


A Message from Campus Leadership

Chancellor Khosla and Campus Leadership recognize that for first-gen college students graduation is the culmination of decades of hard work. To complement your virtual commencement, we will feature graduating first-gen Tritons.

Read Letter to Graduates

Chancellor Khosla
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First-Gen Graduate Questionnaire

Being a first- gen graduate is a remarkable accomplishment and a mark of your hard work and dedication. The recognition website is a place to spotlight your accomplishments, share your experience, and express gratitude.


Social Media Assets

Join Us on Social Media

Find Facebook picture covers, posters for your Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter here.

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Download Assets

Campus departments, find downloadable assets to share this campaign on social media or in your newsletters. Access assets with your email.


In the News

“While I am so grateful to have UCSD recognize me for what was a challenging journey to say the least, I am even more grateful of the positive impact the university is making on my family. Knowing that [my family] get to see how all of their hard work and sacrifices to give me a better life have paid off and having a university that recognizes those sacrifices means the world to me.” - Gage Marquez, Revelle College Senior

Read The Guardian article "UCSD to Recognize Graduating First Generation College Students"

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