Diversity & First Generation

Diversity and First Gen Celebration of Families

This special year-end celebration recognizes the achievements of TC's graduates for overcoming the barriers that coincide with identifying as a first generation scholar and/or scholar of diverse background. The event also seeks to honor the families and loved ones of these graduates for their continued encouragement and support during their academic journey. The celebration will include an address from President Bailey, faculty speakers, and graduating students. 
The centerpiece of the program is letters written by graduates to their families and friends reflecting on their graduate school journey and what the support of their loved ones means to them. All letters will be included in the printed program and 6 will be selected to be read aloud during the program. You will have the opportunity to upload your letter when you register.
Invitations will be sent out on Wednesday, April 24, 2024. Grads will be able to register for up to four (4) guest tickets.



Thursday, May 16, 2024 | 5:00 P.M.
Joyce B. Cowin Auditorium, Horace Mann Building
(enter through the Broadway doors between 120th & 121st Street)
  • 4:00 p.m. Graduates arrive
  • 4:30 p.m. Doors open for guest seating 
  • 5:00 p.m. Program begins
  • 6:30 p.m. Program concludes


How to Attend

  • Invitations to this ceremony will be sent to graduates on Wednesday, April 24, 2024.
  • Graduates will be able to register for up to four guest tickets. Graduates do not need a ticket to attend but should wear their academic attire. 


Honor Cords

Cords will be distributed from Monday, April 15-Friday, May 10, 2024 from the Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs located at 128 Zankel Hall.
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