Boston University's First-Generation College Celebration
2023 First-Generation College Celebration
Boston University is excited to celebrate their 4th annual university-wide First-gen College Celebration with a week's worth of activities. Their biggest event which takes place on November 8th will kick off with a warm welcome by interim President and fellow first-gen graduate, Kenneth Freeman, and Dr. Anthony Abraham Jack, the Newbury Center's new Faculty Director, followed by a campus-partners resource fair; the first-gen research poster session; notes of encouragement to first-gen students writing campaign; a first-gen mural; lawn games; photo booth; the 3rd annual first-gen visual art competition; and lots of swag, food, and prizes. The rest of the week will offer many other opportunities to elevate and recognize the first-gen identity on their campus and beyond. BU can't wait to celebrate their Terrier F1RSTS community!
2022 First-Generation College Celebration
Boston University is excited to host the second annual university-wide First-gen College Celebration elevating and celebrating their first-gen undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Highlights include participating in the National First-gen Summit at MIT, showcasing first-gen student art through a special exhibition in the student union, and a first-gen festival to build community with food, games, an open mic talent show, research poster presentations, chair massages, creation of a mural, writing notes of encouragement that will be given to first-gen students during fall final exams, and Terrier F1RSTS swag.
2021 First-Generation College Celebration
Boston University is excited to celebrate the achievements and success of first-generation undergraduate, graduate, and professional students from November 4-14. They will be featuring two speakers, Jessica McCrory Calarco, author of A Field Guide to Grad School: Uncovering the Hidden Curriculum; and Rachel Gable, author of The Hidden Curriculum: First-generation Students at Legacy Universities. In addition to several social events, the 2nd cohort of the Gamma Iota Chapter of Tri-Alpha National Honor Society will be inducted, and a campus-wide celebration will take place on November 8th in the George Sherman Union with fun activities, games, and food!
2018 First-Generation College Celebration
For the 2018 celebration, the entire BU community was invited to participate in a social media campaign celebrating our first-generation students, faculty, and staff. Individuals posted pictures and messages about what identifying as a first-generation student/graduate meant to them. There was an outpouring of support for the first-generation student/graduate community, and many notes of thanks to those who have offered support along the way!
2017 First-Generation College Celebration
In 2017, Boston University offered refreshments in the First Gen Connect /University Service Center suite. First-generaiton students were invited to decorate the suite door and corkboard with messages describing what identifying as a first-generation college student meant to them. To display the powerful messages, pictures were posted pictures acros the Facebook page.