The First-Generation College Celebration (FGCC) is an annual opportunity to raise awareness of the first-generation college student identity. FGCC is celebrated annually on November 8 to commemorate the signing of the Higher Education Act (“HEA”) of 1965 by then-President Lyndon B. Johnson. FGCC strives not only to celebrate first-gen students’ contributions to their communities but also to occasion systemic social change by dismantling barriers to first-generation student success.
National First-Gen College Day 2023:
Celebrating Our First-to-Go-to-College Owls
Wednesday, November 8, 2023
9:30am - 11:30am
Engleman Hall Rotunda
Start the day with fresh baked donuts and apple cider! Meet Interim President Smith, who is First Gen, and members of his leadership team (many of whom are also First Gen). Enjoy a special treat on the way to class!
10:30am - 11:30am
Adanti Student Center Theater
How do you see yourselves as young professionals? Special guest Dr. Tameka Ellington will share empowering tips and insight on self and career discovery that will provide the skills needed to become successful in your respective career or entrepreneurial endeavor of choice. All are welcome. Light refreshments!
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Engleman Hall Room B121
Enjoy a special meal while getting to know other First-Gen members of our Southern community! Join the “I’m First Campaign,” take pictures with Otus, and enjoy gifts on a first-come, first-served basis! Dr. Ellington’s keynote begins at 12:30, followed by a book signing for scholars. All are welcome!
Dr. Tameka Ellington
“The First Gen F.I.R.E.”
Speaker, Author, Internationally Acclaimed Fashion Scholar, and Confidence Coach
SCSU Student Government Association
Division of Student Affairs
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Office of Career and Professional Development
Office of the President
University Access Programs