What is the National First-Generation College Student Celebration?

In November 2017, the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) partnerered with the Center for First-Generation Student Success, which is an initiative of NASPA and the Suder Foundation, to launch the inaugural First-Generation College Student Celebration.

The now annual event, which is held each year on November 8 to commemorate the anniversary of the Higher Education Act of 1965, encourages colleges and universities across the country to celebrate the successes of the institution's first-generation faculty, staff, and students.

2022 First Generation Celebration Events

Snacks on the Mall

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

10:00am - 1:00pm

Centennial Mall

Let's celebrate First-Generation Day together! Come by between 10am and 1pm for snacks on the mall put on by the First-Generation Celebration Committee! There will be easy snacks to grab as well as some hot beverages. 

First-Gen Experiences - A First-Gen Student Panel

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Strand Union Ballroom C

Please join the First-Gen committee for a discussion about first-gen student experiences from Montana State First-Generation students to celebrate National First-Generation Celebration Day. There will be approximately 45 minutes of structured questions followed by 15 minutes of Q&A time for the audience. Discussion on resilience, struggles, and experiences of first-gen students on and off of the MSU campus will occur.

First-Gen Photo Exhibition

Thursday, November 3, 2022 - December

Renne Library Display Case

Visit the Renne Library during the month of November to experience what it means to be First-Gen through the thoughts of First-Gen faculty, staff, and students. 

If you are unable to visit the exhibition in person, you can experience it virtually as well. 

Famous First-Gen Display

Thursday, November 3, 2022 - December

Office of Student Engagement

Drop by the Office of Student Engagement during the month of November to learn about famous First-Gens! All photos will be in the windows of the OSE.