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First To Geaux

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette applauds and honors its first-generation students. Join us in a week-long celebration of being #FirstToGeaux.

Sunday, Nov. 8
Social Media Kick-Off

Get on social media to showcase your pride and excitement about being #FirstToGeaux.

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 5:30pm
Virtual First-Gen Lounge & Panel

Join a panel of students, faculty, staff, and alumni for an informal discussion over Zoom about being #FirstToGeaux. All are welcome, but registration is required.

Thursday, Nov. 12, 4:00pm
#FirstToGeaux Twitter Chat

Connect with students, faculty, staff, and alumni for a Twitter chat about being #FirstToGeaux. Follow the Office for Campus Diversity on Twitter (@ULdiversity).

Saturday, Nov. 14
First-Gen Preview Day &
Recognition at Ragin' Cajuns Football Game

Faculty, staff, and administrators will share their pride about being #FirstToGeaux with prospective students during Preview Day. 

Cheer on the Ragin' Cajuns football team on Saturday with a special recognition during the game.

First-generation stories

Meet some members of our first-generation family at UL Lafayette.


Claire Babineaux-FontenotClaire Babineaux Fontenot: First-gen grad and CEO of Feeding America

Claire Babineaux-Fontenot was the first in her family to graduate from college. She earned her degree in criminal justice, then went to law school. This year, she was named one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People.

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Dylan HebertDylan Hebert: First-gen student and future school counselor

Dylan Hebert didn't see himself attending college, but his high school teachers encouraged him to try — and he was surprised to find that he loved UL Lafayette. Now, he's working to become that mentor for other first-generation students.

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First-generation college student Megan BreauxMegan Breaux: First-gen graduate student and education leader

When Megan Breaux started teaching, she discovered the impact she could have as an educator. She's now she's using data to improve college access for high school students through the GEAR UP program.

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Kenette Toussaint at graduationKenette Toussaint: First-gen student who returned to finish her degree

Severe trauma in Kenette Toussaint's life kept her from completing her college degree when she started after high school. Thanks to the support of her family and UL Lafayette's online learning options, she has her bachelor's degree.

More about Kenette →