UI National First-Generation College Celebration

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What is the National First-Generation College Celebration?

In November 2017, the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) partnered with the Center for First-Generation Student Success, which is an initiative of NASPA and the Suder Foundation, to launch the inaugural First-Generation College Celebration. The now annual event, which is held each year on November 8 to commemorate the anniversary of the Higher Education Act of 1965, encourages colleges and universities across the country to celebrate the successes of the institution's first-generation faculty, staff, and students.

In 2018, the University of Iowa chose to extend the celebration to encompass a full week of events, which are hosted by departments and colleges across the university. Some events are targeted to specific populations, such as first-gen students in a specific college, while others are open to the entire campus community. 

2021 celebration dates are November 8 - 12. For a full list of events, visit our celebration schedule posted here


Monday, November 8, 2021 (all day)
Tuesday, November 9, 2021 (all day)
Wednesday, November 10, 2021 (all day)
Thursday, November 11, 2021 (all day)
Friday, November 12, 2021 (all day)
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Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Angie Lamb in advance at 319-335-2062 or angela-lamb@uiowa.edu.