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First-generation students, employees invited to join National First-Generation College Celebration events from Nov. 6-8


Clemson University employees and students that identify as first-generation college students are invited to celebrate National First-Generation College Celebration Day with a series of events from November 6-8 on Clemson’s main campus.

“We have more than 3,000 first-generation college students at Clemson,” said Sean Brittain, associate provost and dean of Undergraduate Learning. “They deserve to be celebrated—they are high achievers, many overcoming significant challenges to join our Clemson community. We welcome the support of faculty and staff who are interested in connecting with and supporting our first-generation college students.”

On Monday, November 6, and Tuesday, November 7, FIRST Generation Success Program student leaders and staff will be tabling on Library Bridge (near Daniel Hall) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to promote the FIRST Program. Faculty and staff who identify as first-gen are encouraged stop by the table and indicate their interest in supporting first-gen students and the FIRST Program.

On Wednesday, November 8, National First-Generation College Celebration Day, first-gen students can visit 101 Vickery Hall for educational opportunities, networking and free lunch:

  • 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: The college outreach coordinator for the local TRIO Educational Opportunity Center, Precious Black, will be available to meet with first-gen students to provide guidance on searching for scholarships and completing the FAFSA, as well as on other services offered through the TRIO program.
  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Meet other first-gen students, learn more about FIRST Program resources, pick up a FIRST Program t-shirt, and grab a complementary Jimmy John’s lunch.

First-generation college students are individuals whose parents do not hold a degree from a four-year college or university. President Jim Clements recently spoke at a FIRST Program event about his experience and leadership journey as a first-generation student.

For more information on the FIRST Generation Success Program, visit the First Program website or email first@g.clemson.edu.