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. 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 2022 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 409 graduating first-generation students in the college of engineering and applied science this semester. 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