First-Generation-to-College Candidates for Graduation Honored in Pinning Ceremony

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MOBILE, Ala. – RamLegacy, a community that supports first-generation-to-college students at University of Mobile, punctuated its first year of service with a pinning ceremony to honor graduates.

The support group meets monthly to host inspirational speakers to encourage students who are statistically more like to withdraw before graduation. Students gain access to peer mentors, alumni, and faculty and staff hosts through the organization.

“We have had a remarkable first year of RamLegacy events. We were able to hear a wide variety of personal stories of UM graduates, several of whom are first-generation themselves,” said RamLegacy director and Assistant Professor of French Barbara Brousseau.

Courtney Bellalah, a senior Human Performance and Exercise Science student, shared her insight and experiences at the ceremony in the Marilyn Foley Art Gallery on April 20. On May 5, she will become the first member of her family to graduate from college.

In addition to Bellalah and other upcoming graduates receiving pins, first-generation-to-college alumni who were in attendance also received pins.

“We’ve seen through our pinning ceremony for current May graduates how very much completing their college degree means to them,” said Brousseau. “We want first-generation students to thrive at UM!”

To learn more about RamLegacy, visit


About University of Mobile:
University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in over 40 areas of study. Founded in 1961, University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres. For more information about University of Mobile, visit the website at or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.

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Rivers Brunson

Rivers is an experienced writer and an alumna of University of Mobile. She graduated in 2015 and holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication. She returned to University of Mobile professionally as marketing communications specialist in 2017. She also hosts a podcast with Bellum Creative Group called Due South about Southern arts and culture. A Grove Hill, Alabama native, Rivers fell in love with the city of Mobile as an undergraduate student and now calls it home; however she takes frequent trips to see her family who are NAMB church planters in Livingston, Montana. She has a lovable golden retriever named Cooper.

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