Defying the odds. It's a phrase some first-generation students use to describe their journey to college. Southeast Missouri State is currently home to more than 3,800 students who are the first in their immediate family to go to college. Stepping outside your comfort zone and blazing a trail can be a scary and confusing process. And, incredibly rewarding.
First Generation Taking Charge of their Future
Graduates (Dec. 2021)
Southeast is proud to have 300 first-generation students graduating this winter semester. We can't wait to watch them soar!
Southeast is honored to serve the over 3,800 first-gen students who are currently on campus.
Dr. Carlos Vargas is the 18th president of SEMO, and his wife Pam Vargas is the director of research and grant development. Both are proud first-generation college graduates!
With some encouragement from his great uncle, Andrew Miller rose to the challenge and completed his college education, becoming the first in his family to receive a college degree. In this video, listen to Andrew discuss the challenges he encountered along the way and what it means to him to be a first generation Redhawk.
Andrew’s story is inspiring for many reasons, but one reason in particular stands out within the SEMO community: he’s not alone. Thousands of other students have overcome their own challenges to become new graduates within their families. Hear from a few others about their first generation experience and why being a college graduate matters.
Supporting First Generation
As we have learned from our own alumni it takes time, talent and treasure to help support students. Just like you were supported during your time, it is now your time to help the next generation.