UTC will celebrate all of its first-generation college students Nov. 6-10 during First Gen Week. The weeklong series of events will recognize trailblazing Mocs creating their own unique path here at UTC as the first in their families to pursue college degrees.
For Naina Patel, who will graduate in December with a degree in biology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, education means more than a diploma. It means she will be the first in her family to graduate from college.
UTC Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Jerold Hale shares his first-generation college graduate success story. UTC celebrates First Gen Week Nov. 7-12.
First-generation students come from different backgrounds, countries, religions and ethnicities.