2023 UCI First Gen Day Celebration

About First Gen Day

The Council for Opportunity in Education (COE), Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA), and other higher education organizations and institutions across the country are joining forces for the 7th Annual First-Generation College Celebration to celebrate first-generation college students on the 58th Anniversary of the Higher Education Act of 1965. We will be joining in this celebration by recognizing the 14,000+ students on campus who identify as being first-generation college students and celebrating the many faculty and staff on campus who were first-generation college students themselves.

Join Us

You are invited to attend First-Gen Day Celebration hosted by Student Success Initiatives (SSI). Join us to celebrate first-gen students, faculty, and staff at UCI. The event will featuring music, a photo booth, a resource fair, and giveaways/prizes.

Date: Wednesday, November 8th, 2023

Time: 11:00am – 1:30pm

Location: Pacific Ballroom inside the Student Center

Participate all week long on social media with the hashtags #FirstGenUCI #FirstGenDay #CelebrateFirstGen and #UCFirstGen and follow us at @ucifirstgen

Events at a Glance:

All Week

  • Mon – Fri | Social Media Campaign

Monday, Nov. 6th

  • 11am – 1pm | First-Gen Programs Tabling
  • 1pm – 1:50pm | First-Gen Talk: Combatting Imposter Syndrome
  • 5pm – 6pm | First-Gen Workshop: LinkedIn

Tuesday, Nov. 7th

  • 10am – 11am | Reflective Sips: First-Gen Mixer
  • 1pm – 2pm | Transfer Talk: How to get Involved w/ Research

Wednesday, Nov. 8th

  • 11am – 1:30pm | First-Gen Day Celebration
  • 12pm – 1pm | My First-Gen Experience w/ Faculty 
  • 1pm – 2pm | Transfer Tea: Social Hour w/ TSC & the Counseling Center
  • 3:30pm – 5:30pm First-Gen Student Headshot Photo Session

Thursday, Nov. 9th

  • 3pm – 4:30pm | First-Gen Workshop: Planting Possibilities 
  • 3:30pm – 5:30pm First-Gen Student Headshot Photo Session


Cheering Anteaters Drawing

Full Breakdown

First-Gen Day Celebration | 11am-1:30pm

Join us to celebrate first-gen students, faculty, and staff at UCI in honor of National First-Gen College Celebration. The event will feature music, a photobooth, a resource fair and giveaways/prizes.

Nov 8th
11am – 12pm
Student Center, Pacific Ballroom CD

Participate all weeklong on social media with the hashtags #FirstGenUCI #FirstGenDay #CelebrateFirstGen and #UCFirstGen and follow us at @ucifirstgen.


My First Gen Experience with Faculty Member | 12pm-1pm

Join us to hear a faculty member share their first-gen story and path in becoming a Dean.

November 8th
Pacific Ballroom AB
Hors d’oeuvres provided.

Transfer Talk: How to get Involved with Research | 1pm-2pm

Connect with other senior transfers and engage in dialogue about all soon-to-graduate topics. All transfers are welcome regardless of academic standing.

Our Transfer Talks are spaces dedicated for Transfers to engage with peers via dialogue on specific topics related to their navigational and transitional success.

Nov. 7th
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Student Services II Bldg, 1010AB


First-Gen Student Headshot Photo Session | 3:30pm-5:30pm

Student Success Initiatives (SSI) and the ANTrepreneur Center are collaborating to offer first-gen students a headshot photo session as part of First-Gen Day Celebration Week!

A good headshot conveys professionalism and enhances the skills and experience on your LinkedIn profile. Business casual attire recommended.

Nov. 8th and 9th
ANTrepreneur Center
3:30pm – 5:30pm