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Signature Events

The Office of First-generation Students, in partnership with several campus partners, hosts events during the year to celebrate first-generation students.

August/January - Week of Welcome

At the beginning of each semester, K-State holds events during the first week of classes called Week of Welcome. The Office of First-generation Students hosts and partners with events to help connect with first-gen students during their first week at K-State.

First gen cookout

November 8 - National First-generation Student Celebration Day

Each November, colleges across the nation celebrate the success of first-gen students. Look for various activities throughout the day that celebrate first-generation students! In 2018, the First-generation Student Organization created a "Big Green 1" that traveled around campus for first-gen students, staff, and faculty to sign. Click the image to the right to see more photos from the event.

 First gen celebration

May - First-generation Student Graduation Reception

First-generation graduates and their supporters are invited to a graduation reception to honor the efforts of the students. Students are given green cords to signify their first-gen status at their graduation ceremonies. Click the image to the right to see more photos from the event.

 Student receiving green cord