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President Speaks: I was a first-gen student. Here’s what’s changed, and what work is left to do.

July 11, 2022

It’s a commencement speech standard that never fails to generate rousing applause: “If you are the first in your family to earn a college degree, please stand.”

I said those words in May at 16 separate in-person commencement ceremonies here at California State University, East Bay, where 64% of our students are first-generation students.

As a university president who is also a first-generation college graduate — and alumna of two California State University System campuses — of course I’m grateful for the opportunities my first degree has afforded me.

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