Upcoming Events


National First-Generation Celebration Week

On November 8, colleges and universities across the country recognize first-generation students, as well as faculty and staff who were first-generation. This date also commemorates the day Congress approved the Higher Education Act (HEA) in 1965. The HEA was intended to ensure equal opportunities for underprivileged students to attend college by providing federal grants and loans to help finance the cost of a college education. This legislation made critical investments in institutions and funded programs to increase the access, retention, and graduation of first-generation, low-income students.

If you take photos throughout the celebration week, please post photos on social media with the hashtag #umfirstgen and tag @uofmfirstgen and we will repost them! 

A National Celebration Centering First-Gen Voices

Monday, November 8     |     2-3 pm     | Virtual Event: Register for Webinar >

A National Celebration Centering First-gen Voices will feature a panel of first-gen students and graduates sharing insight into their experience, moderated by Dr. Quintin B. Bullock, President, Community College of Allegheny County located in Allegheny Pennsylvania. It is through our understanding of the first-gen identity and experiences we may better align institution resources and support offerings to meet the unique needs of first-gen students. Panelist: - Ms. Alaura Ervin, legislative assistant, Office of Senator John Cornyn, TRIO Alum - Ms. Alexia Patino, undergraduate student, North Central College - Ms. Pierina Sanchez, Democratic nominee, New York City Council, TRIO Alum - Mr. Sly Worth Jr., graduate student, The Ohio State University.

Sapphire Awards

Monday, November 8     |     6 pm     |     UC Ballroom

Recognizing and celebrating the success of students in First Scholars, the Office of First-Gen Student Success, Opportunity Scholars and TRIOs. RSVP required

Social Media Feature & Info Table

Tuesday, November 9     |     12-4 pm     |     UC Atrium

Check out @uofmfirstgen on Instagram for updates and to meet new faces around campus, or stop by and see us in the UC!

Photo Booth

Wednesday, November 10     |     10 am - 1 pm     |     UC Atrium

Ready, Set, Booth! Get ready for your close up, grab some friends and join us for free photos in the UC.

Social Media Feature & Info Table

Thursday, November 11     |     12-4 pm     |     UC Atrium

Check out @uofmfirstgen on Instagram for updates and to meet new faces around campus, or stop by and see us in the UC!

The Game of LIFE, College Edition

Friday, November 12     |     12-4 pm     |     Luther C. McClellan Alumni Mall (Rain Location: UC Atrium)

Play a game of lifesize LIFE! Free t-shirts and pizza provided while supplies last.


Fore more information, contact firstgen@memphis.edu.