Proud to be first.

First-Generation Celebration Week

Nov. 7-11, 2022

Join the University at Buffalo for First-Generation Celebration Week to recognize the success and achievements of first-generation college students, faculty and staff on our campus.


Monday, Nov. 7

  • Paint-a-bull | 5 a.m. outside the Student Union
  •  National First-Generation College Student Day | 12-3 p.m. in the Student Union

Tuesday, Nov. 8

  • Campus Resources Scavenger Hunt | 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Play along for a chance to win a prize! 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. 8 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!
  •  “Triumphs and Trials of the First-Generation College Student Experience” presented by Richard Taylor | 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Student Union Theater
  • Reception and Book Signing with Richard Taylor | 5:30- 7 p.m. in 210 Student Union

Wednesday, Nov. 9

  • Celebrating the First: Student Panel Sharing Stories of Success | 12-1 p.m. in 107 Capen Hall

Thursday, Nov. 10

  • First-Gen Student Social | 8 p.m. in Greiner Hall, C134/135

Friday, Nov. 11

  • Student Research Panel | 3-4 p.m. in 108 Capen Hall
  • Proud To Be First Art Installation Reception | 4-5:30 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.