University of Wisconsin-Green Bay's First-Generation College Celebration
November 8

2023 First-Generation College Celebration

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is enthusiastically hosting First-Generation Celebration Week November 6th-10th 2023. With over 50% of the UW-Green Bay student population identifying as First-Gen, this is the third year UW-Green Bay will be celebrating National First-Gen College Student Celebration Day, but the first time there will be an entire week of events dedicated to celebrating First-Gen students. A true campus collaboration, The First Gen Student Success Collaborative has coordinated efforts across the university at all four campuses, to provide a variety of impactful events to support student success and showcase support and opportunities for First-Gen students. The week-long event will include:

  • Career Closet open houses
  • Family Pressures: Encanto movie screening, student panel & discussion
  • National First-Gen College Student Celebration Day Tabling in high-traffic areas with treats, giveaways and activities
  • 1st Annual First-Gen Impact Awards
  • Financial Wellness Fair

On November 8th, National First-Gen College Student Celebration Day, UW-Green Bay will be hosting the inaugural First-Gen Impact Awards that will be held each fall to recognize first-generation students and celebrate faculty, staff and student innovations and achievements which lead to first generation college student success.

UW-Green Bay is also debuting the Financial Wellness Fair during First-Gen Celebration Week. The event will have a Keynote by Professor and Head of Personal Financial Planning Program, Dr. Preston Cherry. The event will also feature personal finance sessions, credit & fraud education, paying for college & financing your education information, and campus financial resources. This is a great opportunity for our first-gen students and will be available in-person and virtually. Many instructors are giving class credit for attending.

First-generation students are resilient problem solvers, navigating higher education without a parental model or roadmap. UW-Green Bay continuously works to improve the outcomes and experiences of first-generation college students and looks forward to celebrating during First-Gen Celebration Week.

In this week’s ‘Minute with Mike,’ Mike shares his appreciation and excitement for all that we do to support the more than 50% First Generation students that attend UW-Green Bay. Listen to Mike’s full comments here, and let’s celebrate these outstanding students on First Generation Student Celebration Day next week!


For the latest updates on this celebration, visit our website, follow us on Instagram, and use #f=FirstgenPhoenix to show your support!