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Family Information

Thank you for supporting your student to become a college graduate.  The University of Wyoming faculty and staff appreciate your efforts to support your student and assist them in their journey.

Below you will find helpful tips, FAQ's, resources, and additional content you may find useful in this journey.  The support a college student receives at home cannot be overstated - thank you for your support!


FAQ's, Terms to Know, and Resources for Families

Click on the links below (Academic Success, Financial Aid and Campus Life) to open attachments with helpful information to assist you in supporting your college student.  You may also want to check out the Resources for Students page for additional useful information. 

You may also want to navigate to the Faculty/Staff Directory for additional content (like department listings and organizational charts) and contact information.  This information can come in handy when you want to refer your student to an individual or office on campus for assistance!


Cowboy Parents

Cowboy Parents is the University of Wyoming's Parent and Family Association - this page provides content for Family Weekend and the Cowboy Parents Council. 

If you would like to know more about the Cowboy Parents program please check out the Cowboy Parents Handbook

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The Power of Connection

As a parent/family member of a first generation college student you are an important part to their college journey and their success.  Letters from home, as illustrated in the video, can help students push through in difficult times (for example, around mid-terms and finals)! 

Something else to consider is how your family will enjoy your time together over the semester breaks.  Check out 'Winter Break' to gain some insights from other first generation student experiences of navigating back and forth between home and college over semester breaks.  

Not all individuals and families are the same - we hope these stories will help to begin a conversation in your home around how to support one another and your college student!

The Goal: Graduation/Commencement

If you are not sure what to expect out of a college or university graduation day, you are not alone!  There are a lot of emotions, excitement and a lot of things to do.  Congratulations on this accomplishment!

Below we have included a link to information for University of Wyoming graduations and an article you may enjoy. 

University of Wyoming Commencement Information

NASPA: 'A Thank You Letter from Your First Gen Student'

A Day at a U.S. Graduation Ceremony: What to Expect

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