May 26, 2021

Thursday, June 17, 2021, 4 pm – 5 pm

Zoom link will be e-mailed to registrants.

Register for this free event:

Hosted by Core Programs in The Graduate School, this virtual event is an opportunity for all UW *first-generation graduate students to build community, recognize their milestones and achievements, and hear from esteemed guest speakers. Attendees’ family and friends are invited, as well as staff and faculty who support first-gen grad students. This event will be recorded and close-captioned. Send questions to

*A first-gen graduate student is in the first generation of their family to earn a Bachelor’s degree—and currently working towards a graduate degree.

For First-Gen Graduate Student Attendees:

  • To be included in the digital slide-show and feature your celebration song in the Spotify playlist, please complete this form by Sunday, June 13, 11:59 p.m:

Guest Speakers:

  • Robin Zape-tah-hol-ah Minthorn PhD, Director of EdD Program in Educational Leadership & Associate Professor of Education, Tacoma campus

  • Chad Hoyer PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow in Chemistry, Seattle campus

  • Both speakers are first in family to earn Bachelor’s degrees


  • Enjoy a digital slide-show featuring UW first-gen graduate students and their achievements

  • Learn insights and perspectives from esteemed first-gen guest speakers

  • Participate in a community-building activity

  • Gain access to a special celebration playlist on Spotify

  • Have your name entered in a raffle for a chance to win an e-gift card. Winners will be contacted after the event.


Screenshots may be taken during this event and shared on the web, social media, and additional communication outlets.

To request disability accommodations, contact the Disability Services Office at least ten days in advance at: 206.543.6450/V, 206.543.6452/TTY, 206.685.7264 (FAX), or