First-generation students are the first in their families to attend a four-year college.

As a first-generation student at Middlebury College, you have the opportunity to join the First-Gen Experience, aimed at supporting your academic, professional, and social success.

The First-Gen Experience

The First-Gen Experience offers resources, support, and events to support the success of first-gen students. Our programming promotes community and ensures retention to the sophomore year and persistence to graduation. 

Annual events and programs include the following:

First-Gen Fridays

During the month of May, we celebrate the first-generation identity each Friday through a series of programming and events to recognize our accomplishments together as a community.

This all leads up to #ProofPointDay, a national campaign at the end of May dedicated to celebrating First-Gen identities.

ProofPoint Day

ProofPoint: (prüfˈpȯint/noun) Process of showing something is possible.

#ProofPointDay is a nationwide celebration to recognize those who are the first in their family to attend a 4-year college. At Middlebury, we come together every year to celebrate the wonderful first-generation college students on our own campus. 

Here’s what a few of the many first-gens at Midd shared about what being first-gen means to them:

“It’s developing the resilience to continue, and finding the strength that we’ve always had within us.”

“Being first generation is difficult, and I want to make sure that those after me know that they are not alone.”

“It’s tied to so much of who I am and why I am here.”

What does First-Gen mean to you? 

First-Gen Graduation Celebration

We like to celebrate our graduating class of first-generation students with an end of 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 that they have accomplished as the first in their families to graduate college.

Anderson Freeman Resource Center
Carr Hall
452 College Street
Middlebury, VT 05753
(802) 443-2214