First-Generation College Celebration November 8

First-Generation College Celebration

2024 First-Generation College Celebration

Join us in November as we recognize and celebrate our first-generation college students! There will be free giveaways, workshops and more.

November 8 was selected as the date for the annual National First-Generation College Celebration to honor the anniversary of the signing of the Higher Education Act of 1965. The Higher Education Act (“HEA”) emerged out of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty. Much like other hallmark legislation of that era, such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, HEA was intended to help level a playing field that for too long had been weighed against Americans from minority and low-income backgrounds. In addition to creating federal grants and loan programs to help students finance their educations, the legislation made key investments in institutions of higher education. Additionally, HEA ushered in programs, particularly the Federal TRIO programs, necessary for post-secondary access, retention, and completion for low-income, potential first-generation college graduates.

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The schedule for the 2024 First-Generation College Celebration will be announced later this year. Please check back for more information soon.

Download the First-Gen Day Virtual Background

Display this special virtual background on Zoom and Teams throughout our 2022 celebration to show your pride in our first-gen Panthers!