West Texas A&M University's First-Generation College Celebration
November 8

2023 First-Generation College Celebration

This year the student org leaders have developed partnerships with campus leaders, other organizations, and community members to host a series of events all week to celebrate and support first-gen students on our campus. 

2022 First-Generation College Celebration

F1RSTGEN once again will be hosting F1RSTGEN Week on their campus. They plan to host multiple events that are both informational and fun to celebrate our first-generation students, staff, faculty, and supporters. This year, F1RSTGEN is planning to host the following events: Monday- Information Table, Tuesday- Yule Ball Banquet, Wednesday- Resources Panel for First-Generation Students Panel, Thursday- Game Night, and Open Mic Day.

2021 First-Generation College Celebration

Join us for a week long of activities as we celebrate F1RSTGEN Week in honor of National First-Generation College Student Day!!

F1RSTGEN Week will start November 8th and will go all the way through November 12. There will be prizes, snacks, and so much more throughout the week! Nov 8th: National First-Generation College Student Day Celebration JBK Commons Table 10am-2pm Stop by the JBK and make your mark as a first-generation student by signing our poster board and taking a picture using our backdrop. Nov 9th: Movie and Discussion "Higher Learning" JBK Legends Area Starting at 7pm *Warning, film contains topics that night be disturbing to some viewers such as violence, profanity, rape, and racism*Nov 11: Game Night JBK Thunder Room 6pm-8pm Join us for a night of fun games and activities such as Kahoot, Charades, board games, and more! Nov 12: F1RSTGEN Friday on Social Media! Take a selfie and tag us! #f1rstgenwt

2020 First-Generation College Celebration

The First-Generation College Celebration will happen again at West Texas A&M University! F1RSTGEN will be hosting an outside event that will include music, socially distanced games, and lots of fun and cool activities! They will celebrate on Monday Nov 9th, since Nov 8th falls on a Sunday. This way, more students, faculty, and staff are engaged and have the opportunity to celebrate. A snapchat filter will be used, prizes will be given, and a video honoring those who identify as first-generation on campus is being produced and will be showcased at this event.

Social distancing, hand sanitizer stations, and mask wearing are practices they will follow to have a fun event while following guidelines.

2019 First-Generation College Celebration

This year, F1RSTGEN hosted their Kick-Off Bash for a 3rd year, which included a welcome from the university president and provost. They will be hosting a F1RSTGEN Week that will celebrate first-generation faculty, staff, and students through different events on campus. During this week, they will host a banquet to honor outstanding first-generation students, faculty, staff, and community leaders. During National First-Generation Student Day, they plan to host a campus wide celebration by painting our campus F1RSTGEN. Finally, they will host F1RSTGEN talks that will allow community leaders, faculty, staff, and students to talk about their struggles, success, and accomplishment bein first-generation.

2018 First-Generation College Celebration

In 2018, they continued with their 2nd Kick Off Bash, celebrated National First-Generation College Celebration once again, attended a first-generation summit in Texas Tech University, and hosted a F1RSTGEN car show fundraiser to finish the school year.

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2017 First-Generation College Celebration

Since 2017 was their first year as an organization on campus, F1RSTGEN decided to celebrate first-generation students throughout the whole school year. They started with our Kick-Off Bash at the beginning of the fall semester to welcome new first-generation students to campus. They also celebrated National First-Generation College Celebration on November 8 by passing out donuts, taking pictures, and allowing students, faculty, and staff an opportunity to sign our F1RSTGEN posterboard.

For the latest updates on this celebration, visit our website, follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and use #F1rstgenWT to show your support!