Congratulations First-Generation Graduates!


Greetings First-Generation College Students!

Over 4,000 University of Iowa undergraduate students graduate each year, and approximately 20% of these students identify as being a first-generation college student. While the UI First-Generation Task Force is proud of all UI graduates, 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 and barriers to reach this milestone, and we commend you for your resilience, perseverance, and determination to succeed. We wish you all the best as you go from here!


Beginning in Spring 2020, the UI First-Generation Task Force, in partnership with numerous campus partners and institutional leaders, began creating video messages for our first-generation students who are celebrating their graduation from The University of Iowa. All are invited to enjoy these messages.


Message to First-Generation Students in the Class of 2021

(click on the video below or click here to view it)



Message to First-Generation Students in the Class of 2020

(click on the photo below to be taken to the video)