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Augusta University recognizes First-Gen Week starting Nov. 8

In 2017, the inaugural First-Generation College Celebration was held Nov. 8.

The event has been recognized every year since, with companies and educational institutions using the day to acknowledge the success of their first-generation students and staff.

According to the Office of New Student and Family Transitions at Augusta University, the term ‘‘first-generation college student’’ generally refers to any college student whose parents — or the parent they were raised by — did not complete a baccalaureate degree.

These students typically need more tips and support, and come to college with unique challenges and perspectives.

Augusta University plans to celebrate first-gen Jags the entire week, launching with a co-hosted event.

At noon on Nov. 8 in the Hardy Room, found inside the Jaguar Student Activities Center, NSFT and Multicultural Student Engagement will host “Being First Gen at AU.” This event will recognize the unique experience of first-generation students as they navigate life at Augusta University.

Additionally, at the Friendsgiving events Nov. 9 and Nov. 10, first-gen students will be able to cut the food line with a “fast pass” offered courtesy of Student Life and Engagement. Military-affiliated students can as well, in honor of Veterans Day.

First-gen students can pick up their passes, while supplies last, at the offices of NSFT or MSE or at the “Being a First Gen” event. Military-affiliated students can collect their passes at the Office of Military and Veteran Services. Pass pickup is available starting Friday, Nov. 5.

Read the stories of first-gen Jags, including nursing student Lauren Browning, Student Life and Engagement staff member Roberto Aragon, and faculty members Dr. William Hatcher and Dr. Natasha Savage.

For more information about the First-Generation College Student Celebration Week, contact Lyndsey Williams Mayweather.

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