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The First-Gen Experience

The First-Gen Experience at Middlebury supports the academic and social transition for students who are the first in their families to attend a four-year college, also known as first-generation. Our programming promotes community and ensures retention to the sophomore year and persistence to graduation. Below are just some of the First-Gen Experience programs and activities that we offer:

  • First@Midd (pre-orientation program)
  • Peer Mentoring Program
  • First-Gen Fridays
  • #ProofPointDay
  • First-Gen Graduation Celebration

    We like to celebrate our graduating class of first-generation students with an end of the year ceremony specifically for them. During the celebration, we honor each individual graduating senior, and conclude with a dessert reception. The graduating seniors are also given green tassels for their graduation caps in honor of all they have accomplished as the first in their families to graduate college.