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First-Gen Student Celebration

Events and Celebrations

At Ferris, we like to ensure that the successes of our students are acknowledged and celebrated. Here are a couple of ways that we celebrate our First-Gen students. 

National First-Generation Student Celebration

First-Generation Student Day

In 2017, the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) and the Center for First-Generation Student Success launched the inaugural First-Generation College Celebration. The date of November 8th was selected to honor the anniversary of the signing of the Higher Education Act of 1965. 

Ferris State University was one of the first schools in the nation to participate in the National First Generation College Student Celebration in 2018. Faculty, staff, and students from across campus came together to celebrate first generation students and their successes. In 2019, Ferris decided that one day was not enough to celebrate the success of our First-Gen students, so we extended the celebration to a week-long event. 

2021 Celebration Events 

All events are free for Ferris First-Gen students. Check back to see more events as they are added. Click here to read an article covering the festivities. 

NOV08
Faces of First-Gen
Check out the faces of first-generation students with a display in the University Center.

NOV08
First-Gen Selfie Contest
Take a selfie wearing your First-Gen shirt and post on Instagram with the caption #ferrisfirstgen2021. Don't have a First-Gen t-shirt? Send us an email at the link below. 

Request a shirt

NOV09
Glow Bowling and Pizza
Come bowling and eat pizza with other First-Gen students at the Big Rapids Bowling Center. Event goes from 8 p.m. - 11 p.m.

RSVP Here

NOV10
First-Gen Deliberative Dialogue and Buffalo Wild Wings
Join us for conversation and wings! We will be in FLITE Reading Room from 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. and will be serving Buffalo Wild Wings. RSVP at the link below.

RSVP Here

NOV11
Art Works Night
This event will take place at ArtWorks (downtown BR). 6:00-9:00 pm. RSVP at the link below.

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NOV12
Student, Faculty, and Staff Luncheon
We will be having a luncheon for First-Gen students, faculty, and staff from 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the UC Ballroom. RSVP at the link below.

RSVP Here

GraDuation Cords

At Ferris, one way in which we honor the accomplishments of our First-Gen students is through graduation cords that can be worn at commencement. 

Honor Cords

The teal in the First-Gen graduation cord represents a connection to the past and future. Teal represents inspiration, growth, open-mindedness and uniqueness while encouraging objective and analytical thinking.

The yellow in the First-Gen graduation cord represents acquired knowledge and continued inquisitiveness. Yellow is an uplifting color that illuminates happiness and hope. It evokes creativity and new ideas, helping us to find new paths into the future.

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