Celebrating First-Generation Students and Alumni

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Did you know that 33% of JSU's 2021 Freshman class identified as First-Gen?

In their families, they are trailblazers. Brave and determined, open to opportunities. Sources of pride around the family dinner table. Movers. Shakers. Go-getters. They are First-Generation Gamecocks, the first in their immediate families to attend college. Although navigating higher education as a first-gen can be challenging, they believe that anything is possible, and that their futures are as bright as their determination to persevere and succeed! We agree, and we are proud of and inspired by our First-Gen Gamecocks, whom we celebrate on November 8-10, 2021.

Throughout our First-Generation Celebration, we will shine the spotlight on JSU's first-gen students, faculty/staff, and alumni through events on campus and on social media outlets. Look for inspiring stories and videos and even share your own first-gen student story or first-gen alumni story with us!

#CelebrateFirstGen #FirstgenForward #FirstGenGamecocks

Monday, November 8
National Recognition Day

TMB Food Court
11 am - 2 pm

  • Come by the TMB Food Court for First Generation swag, giveaways, and resources to celebrate your achievements!
  • If you'd like to be recognized and receive your swag, please fill out our first-gen student story form

Have Questions? 
Call 256-782-5493 or email kglass@jsu.edu 

Tuesday, November 9
Faculty and Staff Day

351 Mason Hall (Recital Hall)
11 am - 1 pm

  • Students, come and hear JSU faculty and staff talk about their own experiences as first-gen college graduates! Once they've shared their stories they will answer your questions. 
  • There will be snacks provided. Please RSVP for this event

Wednesday, November 10
Alumni Day

Leone Cole Auditorium
6 pm - 8 pm

  • Students, join us for dinner hosted by the Office of Alumni Relations! 
  • Dinner will be provided for a maximum of 50 students; make your reservation online here
  • Dress is business casual
  • Dinner remarks by JSU First Gen Alumni - Dr. Emily Messer and Brett Johnson

Are you the next to be first? We're here to support you every step of the way!


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