TRIO Student Support Services

First Generation Day

First-Generation Student Celebration at UToledo

November 6, 2019

Join the First-Generation College Celebration in the Thompson Student Union Wednesday, Nov. 6.

First-Generation Day Breakfast
Ingman Room 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Join Drs. Denise Bartell and Willie McKether to celebrate first-generation college students with UToledo's first-generation students, staff, and faculty.

First-Generation Day Resource Fair
Trimble Lounge noon – 2 p.m. 

The Resource Fair features campus resources for first-gen support and a photo booth. Remember to use the hashtags: #CelebrateFirstGen #First2LaunchUToledo

First-Generation Day screening of documentary film, Unlikely
Carlson Library 1005 6 p.m. 

RSVP for Unlikely Screening

Faculty/Staff link to RSVP for the Unlikely Screening (for staff who are not registered with InvoNet)

For more information, contact Robin Stone at 419.530.3848 or

Hashtags: #CelebrateFirstGen #First2LaunchUToledo

What is the National First-Generation Day Celebration?

The Higher Education Act of 1965 paved the way for underrepresented and under-resourced students to break the cycle of poverty and become first in their families to earn a college degree.

In 2017, the Council for Opportunity in Education, in partnership with the Center for First-Generation Student Success, an initiative of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and the Suder Foundation, celebrated the inaugural First-Generation College Celebration on November 8 with an event on Capitol Hill. The 2019 celebration will occur on and around November 8 as college and university campuses around the nation hold rallies, panel discussions, listening sessions, celebrations, and more in recognition of their first-generation students, staff and faculty. Institutions can use #CelebrateFirstGen to share their events and join in conversations with colleagues and students. This date marks the 54th anniversary of the signing of the 1965 Higher Education Act, which has helped millions of first-generation, underrepresented and under-resourced students persist to degree completion.

While the official celebration day is Friday, Nov. 8, The University of Toledo will celebrate on Wednesday, Nov. 6 with three programs: the networking breakfast, resource fair and screening of Unlikely film. 

At UToledo

One in three students at The University of Toledo is a first-generation college student or a student whose parent(s) have not completed a bachelor's degree. This means that they and their siblings are the first in their family to attend a four-year university to attain a bachelor's degree.

Since 2017, this initiative has been a collaboration of campus partners: TRIO Student Support Services, Office of Multicultural Student Success, Office of Residence Life, the University of Toledo Foundation and First in Family Center.  This year's event is made possible with the generous support and leadership from the Provost Office,  Dr. Denise Bartell, Vice Provost for Student Success, and Dr. Willie McKether, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion.

Celebrate with UToledo by using the hashtags: #CelebrateFirstGen #First2LaunchUT on your social media on November 6th and November 8th.

Learn More

Learn more about the 2019 First-Generation College Celebration. Share your 2019 celebration plans by tagging @COETalk and @FirstgenCenter in a tweet and use #CelebrateFirstGen across social media platforms.

Join the First Generation community in Rocket Connect to network with current students and alumni. Learn more at Rocket Connect.

Last Updated: 6/27/22