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National First-generation College Student Celebration is a nationally recognized program highlighting first-generation college students’ experiences in higher education. Nov. 8 is the nationally recognized day to honor the anniversary of signing the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965.

The HEA and subsequent efforts created several federal grants and programs to help students finance their educations. The legislation invested in higher education institutions and programs that address postsecondary access, retention, and completion for low-income, potential first-generation college graduates.

In 2020, Auburn University received national recognition for its commitment to improving experiences and advancing outcomes of first-generation college students, being selected as a 2020-21 First-gen Forward Institution by the Center for First-generation Student Success.

The First-gen Forward designation recognizes institutions of higher education that have gone above and beyond to create opportunities for students who are the first members of their families to attend college.

Auburn University has a support network for first-generation graduates called T1GER Network. In this group, students can meet other first-gen college students, peers and Auburn professional staff alike and grow their community and pride in being a first-gen college student. Click here to join our T1GER Network!

This year’s National First-generation College Student Celebration is set for Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Melton Student Center Ballroom. This is a come-and-go celebration where participants can enjoy lunch, giveaways, a resource fair and take a professional headshot.   

For more information on Auburn’s commitment to fostering a welcoming environment where all can thrive, the monthly calendar and other recognition notes, please visit OID’s website,  Instagram, or the DEI landing page.