First-generation college students signed the #ImFirst banner during the 2022 event.
On Wednesday November 8, Gannon will host its second annual First-Generation College Student Day Event, celebrating students, faculty, staff, and leaders who are the first members of their families to attend college. Drop by between 11:30 a.m. at 1:30 p.m. in Waldron 219 for raffles, giveaways and pizza; all are welcome.
First-Generation College Celebration (FGCC) is celebrated annually on Nov. 8 to commemorate the signing of the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965 by then-President Johnson. This act created federal financial aid programs to fund students’ educations and made key investments in colleges and universities. Many of the HEA’s programs, particularly the Federal TRIO programs, promote postsecondary access, retention, and completion for today’s limited-income, first-generation college students.
FGCC strives not only to celebrate first-gen students’ contributions to their communities but also to bring systemic social change by dismantling barriers to first-generation student success. Through this intentional advocacy focus, FGCC engages key constituencies in building upon the work left unfinished by the HEA
Join us on November 8 to celebrate our First-Generation community!