California State University Stanislaus' First-Generation College Celebration
November 8

2023 First-Generation College Celebration

In alignment with the Stanislaus State’s commitment to welcome our diverse population, the First-Gen Celebration Committee is dedicated to recognizing and celebrating Stanislaus State’s population of 1st generation students. 75% of our student population is first-gen, so we have a lot to celebrate! This celebration is in collaboration with the National First-Generation College Celebration held annually on November 8. We will be hosting an array of hybrid (virtual and in-person) events from November 3rd-November 9th. These events will focus on community building and celebrating being a trailblazer for their communities.

Events included: First-Gen Fridays Graduation Workshop, Housing Movie Night, First-Gen Celebration 5th Annual Brunch, Salsa & Bachata Night, Meet and Greet at our Stockton Campus, 1st Gen Professional workshop Hosted by Careers, a plethora of giveaways and Professional headshots on both of our campuses.

Thank you to our Sponsors Student Affairs, University Advancement, Male Success Initiative, Chicanx Latinx Faculty and Staff Association, First-Gen Program Foundation, University Library, Housing & Residential Life, and TRiO/SSS.

The First-Gen Celebration Committee raised over $5,000 for these events.

Special thank you to our collaborators in the First-Gen Celebration Committee who organized these free event for students. The committee is composed of members from these programs: Housing and Residential Life, Career and Professional Development Center, TRiO Student Support Services, EOP (Educational Opportunity Program), the University Library, the Academic Success Center, STEP, and First-Gen Fridays.

2021 First-Generation College Celebration

It’s First-Generation Week at Stanislaus State, and the University is celebrating by recognizing its community of first-gen college students with a host of activities and events.

At Stan State, 75 percent of students are first-generation, meaning their parents or primary guardian did not complete a college degree. Stan State — located in a region that has historically experienced low rates of college education attainment — has the highest percentage of first-gen college students in the 23 campus California State University system.

First-gen festivities will take place at Stan State from Wednesday, Nov. 3 through Tuesday, Nov. 9. The full schedule is online. Warriors who register for one or more events will receive a free “I am First-Gen” t-shirt compliments of the Stan State Warrior Alumni Association.

Here’s a sample of planned events:

11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, Quad Kick Off - Tell Us Your Story: Join Warriors as they gather in the Quad for Warrior Wednesday to kickoff the celebration week. Storyboards will be available so Warriors can share their stories. Take pictures and share on social: #StanStateFirstGen and #CelebrateFirstGen.

2-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, Our Stories Matter: Join staff, students and alumni who identify as first-generation college students as they share their personal stories.

10 noon Friday, Nov. 5, On-Campus Jobs at Stan State: Students will connect with campus departments that are hiring to ask questions about open positions, requirements or the application process.

2:30-3:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8, Career Panel: Success as a First-Gen Professional: First-gen professionals share their strategies for success, challenges they faced and how students can succeed in their transition from college to career.

For the latest updates on this celebration, follow @stanstatecareer, @stanstatemcnair, @asc_stanstate, @stansss4u, and @stanstateeop on Instagram and use #FirstgenWarriors to show your support!