Earlier this month, Ithaca College’s First-Generation Center celebrated its graduating seniors with a dinner and award ceremony in Emerson Suites, commemorating all these students have achieved during their college careers and the exciting things that await them in the future.
The evening opened with remarks from Master of Ceremonies Luca Maurer, director of the Center for LGBT Education, Outreach and Services and interim director of the Center for Student Equity and Belonging. Maurer emphasized the college’s pride for the accomplishments of those student.
“Up until now you have been first-generation students, but soon you will be first-generation graduates,” said Mauer, a statement which was received with much applause. “You have changed the trajectory of your families and your communities, and for that you should be very proud.”
Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Life Dr. Rosanna Ferro delivered the keynote speech. A first-generation college graduate herself, Ferro related her own experiences in the education system and praised programs like IC’s for giving first generation students networks of support.