Joy, Tears, Promises at First-Generation Lunch

Each year in May, Bowdoin gathers the family and friends of seniors who are the first in their family to graduate from college. The students and guests are treated to a lunch the day before graduation. Leana Amaez, associate dean of multicultural student programs and the event organizer, says it is her favorite moment of the year. “While tomorrow’s events will be filled with tears, and laughter, and hugs, and many goodbyes and even more pictures…it will feel like a whirlwind,” she said. The First-Generation Lunch, on the other hand, provides a pause to focus on and honor the Bowdoin seniors who are “blazing new trails” in their families. It is also a chance to recognize the supporters and family whose sacrifices and support helped the soon-to-be graduates get to where they are. Read the full story and see the slideshow.


  1. Ann M. Hennessey says:

    This makes me proud to be a Polar Bear!

  2. Barb Ramsay says:

    Thank you sooo much for publishing the MOST special moments of Graduation weekend. Because I was actually immersed in those emotional moments, I have no photos of it. I would love to know how to contact Michelle to inquire about purchasing options. Thanks again to the AMAZING Bowdoin community!

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