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Sunday, April 14, 2024 First-Generation Graduation Celebration, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., McKnight Hall

  • Calling all First-Generation graduating students! The First-Generation Graduation Ceremony seeks to recognize Charlotte's First-Generation Niners and all that they have accomplished. There will be cord distributions, keynote speakers, and degree dedications to allow students to share their celebrations. First-Generation Graduation Celebration is for Spring 2024 and Summer 2024 First-Generation Graduates to celebrate with their families the accomplishment of being First. register Here 

Wednesday, April 17, 2024 For the First: Finances, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., COED 65

  • "For the First" is a workshop series for First-Generation Niners. Join us on April 17, 2024 from 4-5:30 pm, in COED 65, as Niner Finances & Fidelity share information, resources, and tips on financial literacy and financial well-being and how it relates to you.registration Required

Thursday, April 18, 2024 First-Generation Appreciation Day, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Star Quad & West Quad

  • First-Generation Appreciation Day will be a day of fun, food, and fellowship for First-Gen Niners on April 18, 2024. All First-Generation Niners are invited to connect with other First-Generation Niners through games, activities, and connection projects that will establish a deeper sense of belonging here at Charlotte and celebrate you for being First-Gen!

Sunday, April 28th, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., McKnight, Cone Center 

  • Alpha Alpha Alpha Honor Society, abbreviated Tri-Alpha, is a nonprofit (501(c)3) chapter-based membership organization located at colleges and universities within the United States. An active Tri-Alpha chapter promotes academic excellence and provides opportunities for personal growth, leadership development, and campus and community service for first-generation college students. Register for our first induction ceremony. For any questions, please reach out to


2023 First-Generation Celebration Week: November 6-10

Charlotte's 2nd annual First-Generation Celebration Week was one to remember! 

We celebrated First-Generation Niners all week long by providing opportunities to get free First-Gen swag and holding space for First-Generation Niners to build community and meet with other First-Generation Niners, faculty & staff. 

Monday, A Picture of Perfect (Mental) Health, 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Lucas Room Cone

  • Monday we were excited to host a gallery exhibit featuring research from Dr. Hopper's Photovioce study capturing the unique journey of first-generation college students at Charlotte. 

Tuesday, First-Generation Photos & Food Truck, 1-3 p.m., CHHS/COED Plaza 

  • The First 50 First-Generation Niners were given funds to use at the Soul Rolls food truck we brought on campus. After the food truck, we took First-Generation Niner photos to showcase what First-Gen looks like here in Charlotte. 

Wednesday, First-Generation Cookout, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Star Quad

  • We held our second annual First-Generation cookout to celebrate National First-Generation College Student Day. From 11 a.m.-1 p.m., we had cookout classics, music, community, a DJ, and Norm. 

Thursday, First-Generation Graduation Celebration, 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Popp Martin Student Union 340

  • We held our second bi-annual First-Generation graduation celebration. We celebrated graduating First-Generation Niners with an honor cord celebration showcasing their achievements. We had four first-generation Niners speak at this event, sharing their First-Gen experience, followed by cording, and a dessert reception. Family members and supporters were welcomed and received a First-Gen Niner supporter button. 

Are you a First-Generation Niner? We want to meet you and introduce you to the resources we have available to you on campus. Drop in for some First-Gen merch and community.

Spring 2023, First-Generation Graduation Celebration: Saturday, April 22, 3 PM — 5 PM

Transition & Success Initiatives had the pleasure of hosting a First-Generation Graduation Celebration featuring 4 keynote speakers, all First-Gen Niners. This celebration included the speakers, degree dedications, and a dessert reception to follow. All students that attended received honor cords for their accomplishments.

We thank the First-Gen Niners student organization for their leadership and support and hope to continue this tradition semesterly.