CAP & GOWN 2021

Please Note: IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND CAP & GOWN 2021, BUT WOULD STILL LIKE TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR OUR GRADUATES AND ALL FUTURE FIRST GRADUATE STUDENTS WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO MAKE A DONATION HERE.

This year, our 20th, First Graduate celebrates students’ successes at our Cap & Gown Gala. JOIN US TO CELEBRATE VIRTUALLY ON THURSDAY, JUNE 3, with the networking pre-event starting at 4:30 pm PST and the live event starting at 5:00 pm PST.

As we celebrate our newest graduates, remember that it is because of you that first-generation students can move from sixth grade through college graduation and into careers that are meaningful to them.

THURSDAY, June 3 | 4:30PM

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2021 AGENDA

Meet Our Honoree

Each year we have the privilege to be graced with a story of triumph by our annual First In Family Award honoree and guest speaker. In years past we have heard from Joe Lacob, co-owner of the Golden State Warriors; Jose M. Hernandez, former NASA astronaut and engineer who was part of the crew of Space Shuttle mission STS-128; and last year’s honoree Reyna Grande, award-winning author, and inspirational speaker. This year will be no different. Who is this year’s honoree??? You will just have to be with us to find out.

Past Honorees

2020
Reyna Grande, award winning author and inspirational speaker

2019
Jose M. Hernandez, NASA Astronaut and American Engineer

2014
Joseph “Joe” S. Lacob, Owner of the Golden State Warriors (NBA)

Meet Our Students

Nafisa

As we celebrate the newest college graduates, remember that it is because of you that first-generation students, like Nafisa, can move from sixth grade through college graduation and into careers that are meaningful to them.

Introduced to First Graduate by her sister, who was part of the Cohort FG1, Nafisa joined the program as part of Cohort FG11. First Graduate led to many summer opportunities and internships, awakening in Nafisa a passion for community building and social justice. Currently, in her third year at UCLA, she expects to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in the Spring of 2022. As a college student in the midst of a pandemic, Nafisa highlights self-care and a healthy mental state, as online school can be stressful. Upon graduating from college Nafisa is determined to give back to a community that has nurtured her belief in achieving her fullest potential.

Cap & Gown 2010 Gala - Graduating Students

Fund a Need

$100

$100 can cover transportation costs for our 9th graders to participate in our annual summer career day, where they will visit companies throughout San Francisco and be exposed to various professions.

$250

$250 can purchase 1 student chromebook for high school and college applications.

$500

$500 can cover the cost of the Family Intro Dinners to set students and families up for success in First Graduate.

$1,000

1,000 can fund the All Access Admissions Fair, a First Graduate event that is the only first-generation college fair in the city.

$5,000

$5,000 can fund about 20 students applications to independent schools and need to prep for and take the SSAT.

$10,000

$10,000 can fund the Annual College Application Retreat, allowing high school seniors to participate in a week-long “application bootcamp” where they will learn about the various components required on college applications and begin their college essays.

$30,000

$30,000 can help fund the SoCal College Knowledge Tour, allowing 35 students to visit colleges and universities throughout California (note: true cost is just under 30K)

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