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The Maverick : Winter 2019

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FIRST IN THEIR FAMILY CMU values the more than 4,000 students who identify as first-generation BY KATLIN BIRDSALL There is a palpable excitement at university commencement ceremonies — graduates grinning from ear to ear, some hoisting their diplomas overhead with excitement as they cross the stage, while family and friends beam with pride. It’s an emotional day for everyone, but even more so for first-generation students and their families. First-generation students are the first in their family to attend and attain their degree from a four-year institution — 44 percent of CMU students identify as first-generation.

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