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First-Generation College Celebration Day

First-generation students are those whose parents don’t have a college degree. Often, these students are also the first ones in their families to set foot on campus as a student. One-third of all college undergrads in the U.S. are first-generation students.

This fall, St. Louis Community College spotlighted four first-generation students. While every story is unique, the students in this series continue to prove they have what it takes to overcome obstacles and earn their college degrees.

In recognition of First-Generation College Celebration Day on Tuesday, Nov. 8, we encourage you to read their stories:


Natalie Douglas Meet STLCC-Florissant Valley's Natalie Douglas and discover why her TRIO advisor calls her "Wonder Woman."





Bryana Harmon Get to know STLCC-Forest Park's Bryana Harmon and what drives her to want to be the first in her family to earn a college degree.








Irini Tashko Learn more about STLCC-Meramec's Irini Tashko and how STLCC has supported her educational journey.






Leroy Kaymore Connect with STLCC-Wildwood's Leroy Kaymore to see how stepping away from college during the pandemic put him back on track to graduate in May.


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