Proud to be first.

First-Generation Celebration Week

Nov. 6-10, 2023

The University at Buffalo proudly honors our first-generation college students, faculty and staff. Join us as we recognize their success and achievements during First-Generation Celebration Week!


Monday, Nov. 6

  • Paint-a-bull | 5 a.m. outside the Student Union
  • National first-generation college student day kickoff with Career Design Center and the Intercultural and Diversity Center | 12-2 p.m. in the Student Union

Tuesday, Nov. 7

  • Campus Resources Scavenger Hunt | 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Play along to win a prize! The first 25 students to complete the scavenger hunt will win a UB swag bag. Here is how:

1. Download the Scavenger Hunt playing board with clues (PDF). Printed copies are also available in Tutoring & Academic Support Services (TASS) in 130 Capen Hall.

2. Solve the clues that will lead you to a campus resource office and collect a piece by visiting that office. Pieces will only be distributed on Nov. 7 from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

3. Once you have collected all eight pieces, come to TASS in 130 Capen Hall to claim your prize!

  • Celebrating the First: Student panel shares stories of success | 12-1:30 p.m. in 210 Student Union

Wednesday, Nov. 8

  • Ijeoma Nwaogu presents Proud to be F.I.R.S.T.: Celebrating the first-gen student | 5-6 p.m. in the Student Union Theater. Reception to follow, sponsored by the Office of Inclusive Excellence | 6-7 p.m. in 215 Student Union.

Thursday, Nov. 9

  • First-generation Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences tour and discussion | 1-3 p.m.  A bus from North Campus will leave Flint Loop at 12:30 p.m. Register in advance for the bus tour. 
  • First-generation student social | 7-8 p.m. in C134/135 Greiner Hall, North Campus and 10th floor Goodyear Hall, South Campus

Friday, Nov. 10

  • Lunch with first-generation alumni, sponsored by the Office of Alumni Engagement | 12-1 p.m. in 112a Capen Hall. Please RSVP if you plan to attend. 
  • Student research panel: First-generation students present their research from various fields | 3-4 p.m. in 109 Capen Hall 
  • Proud To Be First reception, sponsored by the McNair Scholars Program | 4-5 p.m. 1st floor of Capen Hall (Between 112 and 130 Capen Hall)

First-Generation Faculty and Staff

Did you know that many UB faculty and staff members are first-generation students as well? Learn how being a first-generation student has impacted them on their way to UB.

UB's Paint-The-Bull is painted with #UBFirstGen.

UB students paint the bull outside the Student Union to show their support for first-generation students.