​​TCSPP First Gen Student Success Program

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TCSPP is honored to celebrate our First Generation students through the First Gen Student Success program! 

At TCSPP, 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.



student programming

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​​​First gen honor cord program

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First 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 TCSPP, 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 identify as a First Gen student and would like wear a First Gen Honor Cord at your upcoming in-person Commencement Ceremony, please complete and submit this 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. 

First Gen Club for undergraduate students ​​

All undergraduate students are invited to check out the First Gen Club! At TCSPP, an undergraduate student is a student enrolled in the Certificate in Vocational Nursing, Associate Degree in Nursing, or bachelor's degree programs.


Faculty and Staff Programming ​​


Want to share your First Gen Status? 

​​National resources for first gen students ​

NASPA Center for First Generation Student Success​

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