2022 First-Generation College Student Celebration

First Gen Celebration

Sponsored by: TRIO Student Support Services (SSS), TRIO Educational Opportunity Center (EOC), The Fast Track Program and The Owens Library

Tuesday, November 8, 2022
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

College Hall, Library and Learning Commons
Toledo-area Campus

Findlay-area Campus

The First Gen Takeover

** Students / Faculty / Staff are all welcome**

Refreshments • Raffle Prizes • Giveaways

First Generation College Student –
A college student whose parents/guardians do not have a degree from a four-year college or university.

First Generation College Student Day is celebrated nationally on November 8 each year.
November 8 was chosen to honor the anniversary of the signing of the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965.  The HEA is key legislation that led to the creation of college access programs like TRIO programs.


11 a.m. – Activities start in the Learning Commons and Findlay Library

Leave Your Mark – stop by and sign the First Gen Student Celebration banner. Leave an encouraging note for a First Gen student to let them know they are not doing this alone.

“Rooted in Success” – stop by and start your success plant. Anyone can stop by to create a potted plant to take home and nurture. Let your plant remind you daily that with the right attention, care, and nutrients your academic journey will also produce many beautiful things. Everything starts at the roots!

Affirmation Station – Create an affirmation rock to help keep you motivated on your journey to success. Paint and other materials will be available, just bring your creativity.

12-1 p.m. – “Being First Gen- I May Be First, But I Won’t Be the Last”

Presentation/Conversation/Panel Discussion (CH 100)
Live stream viewing available in the Findlay Library

Hear from first-generation students and staff as they share parts of their journey toward collegiate success.

1-2 p.m. – Activities resume in the Learning Commons and Findlay Library

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. – First Gen Refuel

Stop by the Toledo Fireside Grill or the Findlay Grill and enjoy a 1-day only First Gen Special. You’ve got to eat sometime, so why not stop at The Grill. Menu is available while supplies last. Only available during regular hours of operation.

  • Philly Cheesesteak and Loaded Tots with a drink (only in Toledo) — PRICE TBD
  • Stuffed Burrito Bowl with a drink (only in Findlay) — PRICE TBD

Testimonials >>

Check out the Owens OutComm Student Media Center YouTube channel to hear testimonials of Owens Community College First Gen students, graduates and staff.

A new video will premiere every day from Monday, November 7 to Friday, November 11, 2022.

To Download a Logo

  • Right-click the logo and select “Save image as.”
  • When a message box appears, choose your file location and click Save.
  • Make note of where you save the file.
First Gen Student
First Gen Student Advocate