Madison College's First-Generation College Celebration
November 8

Madison College

2017 First-Generation College Celebration

President Jack Daniels, III introduced the inaugural First-Generation Student Day and demonstrated the commitment of Madison College to the success of First-generation students.


The "I'm First" student club created and held the First-Generation Student Day.  Four student stories were published in Medium and can be found here:

TRIO and Retention Services collaborated with administrators, faculty, staff, students, and alumni to present the inaugural First-Generation Student Day on Wednesday, November 8.

The event ran from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Intercultural Exchange and included: a first-generation faculty/staff panel, first-generation student/alumni panel, #CelebrateFirstGen Campaign, DACA session, and Badger Promise. It also included a photo booth, games, and resources will be provided.

This event also coincided with the unveiling of a First-Generation Campus Club which serves as a support group and campus community base for all those who wish to support and advance first-generation students.

First-generation staff, faculty, and administrators were invited to share their story by contacting the TRiO Student Support Services Director Janine Wilson or the TRiO Student Support Services Manager Jeff Galligan.

Contributors to this event included the Student Development and Success, SCMP, TOPS, Intercultural Exchange, Scholars of Promise, TRiO and Retention Services.

2018 First-Generation College Celebration

In addition to the First-Generation Student Day event on November 8, Madison College has created a: 

  1. "Faces of First-Gen" poster series. 12 First-Generation Stories will be shown throughout the college campus. These will also be on social media - Medium.
  2. First-Gen staff/faculty/admin video to be shown at the event.
  3. First-Generation Student Scholarship.

To view the announcement of the celebration, click here. 

The Student Development and Retention Services are pleased to present the second, First-Generation Student Day. This is part of a nationwide college campaign to celebrate the achievements of first-generation students. Madison College invites more than 6,000 first-generation students to participate in the event.

The First-Generation Student Day will be Thursday, November 8, 2018 from10 a.m.-3 p.m., in room D1630 at the Truax campus.

The event will include:

  • The Resource Fair
  • Opening remarks delivered by President Jack Daniels III
  • Keyimani Alford, Director of Student Financial Support Services as the keynote speaker
  • First-Generation experience including a staff video and the I’m First Club will unveil the SDRS I’m First Scholarship
  • The First-Generation Community Professionals Panel

Madison College will be showcased as a first-generation friendly institution where all students thrive. Please encourage students and staff to support the First-Generation Student Day celebration which is organized by the RISE Programs along with Student Development and Retention Services. Here are some of last year’s stories to help share the vital impact Madison College has on first-generation students.