A Special Message to University of Iowa
Class of 2020 First-Generation Students


Greetings First-Generation Students!

More than 3,800 University of Iowa undergraduate students will graduate this spring under extraordinary circumstances, and 23% of these students identify as first-generation college students, just like yourself. While we are proud of all our graduates, today we want to specifically acknowledge the significant accomplishments of our first-generation students. We know it has taken a great deal of dedication and hard work to overcome unique challenges to reach this milestone, and we commend you for your resilience, determination, and perseverance. 

We are disappointed that we cannot celebrate this great achievement with you in person. However, on behalf of the UI First-Generation Task Force, and in partnership with Provost Montse Fuentes and President Bruce Harreld, I invite you to watch the following message.

*Click on this photo to be taken to the video*

We wish you all the best as we join together today to celebrate the University of Iowa Class of 2020 first-generation students.