Virginia Commonwealth University's First-Generation College Celebration
November 8

2022 First-Generation College Celebration

The You First Student Success and Faculty Research Center at Virginia Commonwealth University will be celebrating first-gen students all week long with a motivational poster exhibit, career networking banquet, resource fair, large group photo with our newly branded "unstoppable" t-shirts, grocery bingo, a trip to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, a faculty and staff social, and the Tri-Alpha National Honor Society induction ceremony and luncheon. More information and details can be found here

2021 First-Generation College Celebration

VCU will be hosting a week-long celebration surrounding National First-Gen Day. This year, TRIO SSS and You First at VCU have partnered to expand the activities. The week will start off with an etiquette/keynote dinner for first-gen students and other underrepresented populations on campus. On Tuesday, there will be a panel of alumni speaking about their journey since graduating from the university. On Wednesday, there will be a large pizza giveaway attached to a resource fair exposing students to the various programs and departments on campus that directly serve special populations. Thursday evening, first-gen students will be able to attend a BINGO night social. The week will culminate on Friday with a luncheon and induction ceremony for over 100 of VCU's inaugural Tri-Alpha First Generation National Honor Society members.      

 2018 First-Generation College Celebration

VCU celebrated  with a public art display that was unveiled in the library, including an informational table in the middle of the Student Commons. "I am First-Gen" stickers were also distributed in the TRIO office. An article highlighting the art exhibit was published in our university-wide newsletter. 

Click here to view the VCU First Gen Celebration Exhibit

2017 First-Generation College Celebration

You First at VCU represents the network of programs offered to first-generation students at Virginia Commonwealth University. Bags of candy with inspirational quotes were distributed to students at a You First at VCU information table.

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