COVID-19 Robs First-Generation Graduates—and Their Families—of a Meaningful Milestone
Karin Fischer, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Andrew Pérez, a first-generation student at Harvard University, spent part of his senior year at his family’s home after the pandemic closed the campus. Like other students expecting to graduate from college this year, there will be no ceremony for Pérez, no pomp and circumstance, no cap and gown.
Harvard will mail his diploma. At times, Pérez feels disappointed. He also realizes the power in his pathbreaking. His success, he says, shows his nephews and other first-generation students that college, Harvard even, is for them.