The college of engineering & applied science is honored to recognize the accomplishments of first-generation students as they achieve a new milestone for themselves, their families, and their communities in obtaining a degree from CU Boulder. For the first time, first-generation students will be receiving a red graduation cord, symbolizing the first color of the rainbow and being first in the family of colors. Congratulations to the class of 2021 first-generation graduates!

We are featuring the first-generation students who responded to a survey sent out where we asked to recognize them for their excellence and hard-won success. There are 344 graduating first-generation students in the college of engineering and applied science this semester. If you would like to be featured on this page, we will be taking survey responses until May 8th. If you have corrections for this page, please email

If you are a graduating first-generation student and would like a red cord, please contact Bella at