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First in the Pack: Celebrate Our First-Generation College Students

NC State will participate in the National First-Generation College Celebration on Monday with an interactive event at the Free Expression Tunnel. 

The copper wolves at Wolf Plaza near the Free Expression tunnel. Photo by Becky Kirkland.

On Monday, Nov. 8, NC State TRIO Collegiate Programs will participate in a national celebration to honor and recognize the Wolfpack’s first-generation college students, alumni, faculty and staff. TRIO will host a drop-in event at the Free Expression Tunnel from 3-5 p.m., where community members can contribute to a special mural.

The National First Generation College Celebration is an initiative of the Center for First-Generation Student Success and encourages colleges, universities, corporations, nonprofits and K-12 schools to celebrate the success of first-generation college students, faculty, staff and alumni in any and every way possible. Past celebrations have included lunch and learn events, the launch of mentoring programs, special speakers and more. 

At NC State, this celebration is part of the First in the Pack initiative, which is geared towards connecting first-generation college students with campus resources, faculty and staff and other students at NC State. First-generation college students are any students whose parents did not complete a four-year college degree. If you are a first-generation college graduate who is a faculty or staff member, please consider volunteering to support the initiative and our current and future first-generation college students. 

In addition to attending the event on Monday, the NC State community can show their support for first-generation college students on social media throughout the week (#CelebrateFirstGen). Learn more and download the toolkit here.