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Fisher Joins Inaugural First-Gen Celebration

November 2, 2017

St. John Fisher College will join a nationwide celebration of first generation students on Wednesday, Nov. 8. Launched this year by the Council for Opportunity in Education, the First Generation College Student Celebration Day provides an opportunity for colleges and universities to formally recognize the presence and experiences of first generation students.

The series of events are part of a larger initiative at Fisher to support first generation students; who make up nearly 20 percent of the undergraduate population at the College. In addition to joining the national celebration, the College has joined the Center for First Generation Student Success, through NASPA, an association for student affairs professionals in higher education.

Fisher’s observance will start one day early, with a First-Gen Kick-off Celebration from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 7, in Golisano Gateway Midlevel. During the kick-off event, students can pick-up special t-shirts, hear remarks from President Rooney, sign up for a mentor, and win a variety of prizes.

The College has four events planned for Wednesday, including:

Famous First-Gens
8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Lavery Library
Visit the Library to see a specially curated display of well-known people who were the first in their families to graduate from college.

Academic Success for First-Gens
12:15 to 1:15 p.m., Wilson Formal Lounge
What do you need to be the best you can be in the classroom? How do you balance all that Fisher has to offer? Hear from first-gens who have come before you! Lunch will be provided for the first 30 attendees.

Financial Aid and First-Gens: Conquering the FAFSA
2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Kearney Hall Room 325
Overwhelmed when you think about financial aid for next year? Just got the FAFSA email? Come for some tips, tricks, and personalized attention to start getting your FAFSA ready for February.

Alumni Panel and Networking for First-Gens
5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Golisano Gateway Midlevel
Seize the opportunity to meet and greet with Fisher alumni who were first generation college students and hear about their journeys.

In addition to the student-centered events, the Provost’s Office is hosting a lunch-and-learn workshop for faculty on supporting first generation students in the classroom. Events throughout the week are sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, Lavery Library, the Center for Academic Advising and Support Services, the Office of Student Financial Services, and the Office of Institutional Advancement.