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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.

2022 First-Generation Celebration Week Events


First-Gen Student Recognition Breakfast
9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. in Capstone Carolina Room (17th Floor)
To highlight the First-Generation collegiate journey, we invite university leaders to learn more about the First-Generation Student experience. By invitation only.

General Election Day- No Classes
National First-Generation Day

Professional Headshots

By appointment on The Historic Horseshoe
After you cast your ballots on Election Day, come by and get a professional headshot to increase career readiness.

To continue professional preparation, a LinkedIn How-To will follow in Spring 2023!

First-Generation Student Resource Fair 
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in Russell House Ballroom 207 B-C
Come learn more about campus programs, initiatives, and services available to all students.

Relax and Recharge
12:00p.m.-1:30 p.m. on The Historic Horseshoe
Grab your scarves and yoga mats and join us on the Horseshoe for a relaxing self-care session.

First-Generation Student Celebration Day
11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on the Russell House Patio
Celebrate with the Gamecock Community with games, treats, and a special guest!

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. 

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.