The University of Florida's First-Generation College Celebration
November 8

2021 First-Generation College Celebration

The University of Florida is proud to continue championing and celebrating first-generation students with a week of programs co-created by various campus partners. Beginning on October 27th, events include a FAFSA-preparation workshop, open-houses for first-generation student organizations and departments, two screenings of the film, "In the Heights", Student Government's-led "First-Gen and Juice" social, and a breakfast/ awards ceremony for first-generation faculty. On November 8th, community partners will gather for a campus-wide picnic, where first-gen identified students can receive a free "First-Generation Florida Gator" t-shirt. Additionally, the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars program will debut a documentary which follows the development of the program over the last 15 years; the program, created to provide full-collegiate support to income-limited, first-generation college students, was created in 2006 under the guidance of President Emeritus Bernie Machen. To learn more about First-Gen Day at UF, please visit our website here.

2020 First-Generation College Celebration

The University of Florida has expanded first-gen day into a week of activities for students, including graduate school tours, faculty keynotes, and alumni panels. The two main events include the annual "I am First" T-shirt, a campus tradition for the past three years, as well as "Portraits of Us," an art installation sharing the stories of first-generation students across campus.

2019 First-Generation College Celebration

The University of Florida hosts an annual first-gen picnic to honor and celebrate the first-gen community. Each year, an exclusive T-shirt design is available for students to show their #FirstGenUF pride! Faculty and staff wear green to show support of first-gen and to remind students of the support they have on campus.

2018 First-Generation College Celebration

The University of Florida's TRiO Programs and the First Generation Success program are hosting a picnic and rally with for students, faculty, and staff to show our support, and to celebrate the success of first-generation college students.

To follow along with the celebration use these hashtags: #FirstGenUF #CelebrateFirstGen #TRIOatUF.  Feel free to follow on Instragram: @UFlorida , @UFTRIOSSS, @UFOAS, @MFOSatUF, @UFMcNairscholars; and Twitter: @UF, @UFTRIOSSS, @UFOAS, @FOSatUF, @UFMcNair!

For the latest updates on this celebration, follow @MFOSatUF on Instagram and Twitter, use #FirstGenUF, and visit their website to show your support!