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Events Planned for First Gen Celebration Day

October 31, 2019

St. John Fisher College will join a nationwide celebration of first-generation students on Wednesday, Nov. 6.

Launched 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. At Fisher, first-generation students make up nearly 20 percent of the undergraduate population.

Fisher’s observance will start one day early, with a First-Gen Kick-off Celebration from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5, in Golisano Gateway Midlevel. During the kick-off event, students can pick-up special t-shirts, hear remarks from President Rooney, and win a variety of prizes.

The College has five events planned for Wednesday, including:

Grab & Go Breakfast
7:30 to 9:30 a.m., Outside Lavery Library
Breakfast is the most important meal to the day. Start your Wednesday off right with a bite to eat.

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.

From First-Gen to Vice President Lunch
12:30 to 1:30 p.m., COP Conference Room
Did you know the College president and all of the vice presidents are first-generation college students? Come hear about their paths to Fisher. RSVP to attend by emailing

Mid-Day Marketing
1 to 3 p.m., Center for Career and Academic Planning, Lavery Library
How do you market yourself when looking for jobs and internships? Get advice about your professional social media presence, have your headshot taken, and sign up for LinkedIn and Handshake.

Visit the President’s Residence
4:30 to 6:30 p.m., President’s Residence
All first-generation students are invited to the President’s Residence for pizza, games, and puzzles. Transportation will be provided from the Haffey Steps. RSVP to attend by emailing

Events are sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, Lavery Library, the Center for Career and Academic Planning, and the Office of the President.