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​At The Chicago School, a first gen​eration undergraduate student is defined as a student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor's degree in the United States. A first generation graduate student is defined as a student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a master's or higher degree in the United States.​

Did you know? 59% of all Chicago School students self-identified as First Gen!

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 Last Lecture Series

The First Gen Last Lecture series highlights First-Gen faculty and staff sharing challenges, triumphs, and life experiences with The Chicago School community. View our recordings below:

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 School Resources

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 Commencement Honor Cords

Screenshot 2021-06-25 124345.pngFirst Gen undergraduate and graduate students who are participating in Commencement are provided an Honor Cord to wear with their regalia. Honor Cords are long, thin, colored ropes with tassels on each end that are worn draped around the neck. These cords recognize First Gen students achievements as a unique group. 

At The Chicago School, First Gen Honor Cords are teal and yellow. The teal in the First Gen Honor Cord represents a connection to the past and future. Teal represents inspiration, growth, open-mindedness and uniqueness while encouraging objective and analytical thinking. The yellow in the Honor Cord represents acquired knowledge and continued inquisitiveness. Yellow is an uplifting color that illumin​ates happiness and hope. It evokes creativity and new ideas, helping to find new paths into the future.

If you would like to wear a First Gen Honor Cord at your upcoming in-person Commencement Ceremony, please request one on your Intent to Participate in Commencement form.

Faculty and staff who are first-generation and would like to wear a cord at their campus Commencement ceremony should contact their campus Commencement Coordinator. 

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