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Celebrating First-Generation Students

Being the first person in your family to attend college is a badge of honor, and UofSC is ready to celebrate you and your successes.

2021 First-Generation Celebration Week Events


First-Generation Student Success Victory Lap
1:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. (Zoom)
1:45 p.m.-2:15 p.m. (Historic Horseshoe)

Share your successes with other first-generation students from around the state! You will receive a #1 gold medal and take a victory lap around the Horseshoe to celebrate your accomplishments.


First-Generation College Graduate Faculty/Staff Panel with reception
5:30 p.m. in the Booker T. Washington Auditorium and virtually through Blackboard

Help us kick off the week with the opportunity to hear from six successful first-generation college graduates, and be inspired by and learn from their experiences. The panel will be followed with a reception to give you a chance to talk with panelists with an opportunity to win prizes. Submit your questions to our panelists ahead of time via the RSVP form.

Professional Headshots
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (on the Historic Horseshoe)
1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. (indoors at the Career Center)

Schedule a time to have a professional headshot photo taken. Make a good first impression on your LinkedIn and Handshake profiles. Professional or business casual dress is recommended. Attend Thursday's webinar to learn more about using your photo to project your brand and show your professional confidence as first-generation student!

"What's App-ening" Workshop
7:00 p.m-8:00 p.m. (virtual through Blackboard)

This virtual workshop presents beneficial academic and financial-based mobile applications for students to use in their everyday lives. The apps focus on studying effectively, managing time, staying on task, as well as maintaining a budget or savings plan, learning about credit, minimizing frivolous spending, and investing.

Utilizing Professional Headshots & Networking Forum
4:00 p.m. (virtual through Microsoft Teams)

How do you look to employers online? A professional headshot for your LinkedIn or Handshake profile is a starting point. Building out your profile and then actively making connections with others is the next step. Find out where to make the best connections for your future. HINT: they are closer than you think!

First-Generation College Student Celebration Day
12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. on Davis Field

Join us on Davis Field (next to Russell House) to celebrate yourself and all of your accomplishments. Food, games, and fellowship will be provided with a special guest appearance you won't want to miss!

First-Generation Student Organization

The goal of First-Generation Student Organization (FGS) is to connect first-generation college students at the University of South Carolina with each other, with faculty and staff, and with community leaders. It also aims to raise awareness of resources that may be helpful to these students, as well as to set and meet a fundraising goal each year, with the money raised going to a charity chosen by the student organization that promotes higher education. 

Alpha Alpha Alpha (first-generation Honor Society)

Alpha Alpha Alpha is the National Honor Society for first-generation college students.  The Alpha Psi Chapter on the University of South Carolina was founded in Fall 2020. Email Tri Alpha for more information.

UofSC first-generation celebration info

Keep a lookout for an exciting calendar of events every November!

First-Gen Lounge podcast

Listen to stories from other first-gen grads in a variety of fields.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.