First Generation Islanders

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi proudly supports the experiences of first-generation students. A first-generation college student is defined as a student whose parents did not complete a 4-year college or university degree. TAMU-CC will be joining colleges and universities throughout the nation to participate in the National First-Generation College Celebration. Led by the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) and the NASPA Center for First-Generation Student Success, the day is intended to celebrate the success and presence of first-generation college students, faculty, and staff on campuses across the country. November 8 was identified as the date by COE for the annual National First-Generation College Celebration in order to honor the anniversary of the signing of the Higher Education Act of 1965.

TAMU-CC will host a variety of events from Monday, November 6, through Friday, November 10, in celebration of National First-Gen Week. The goal of the celebration is to promote community for present and future first-generation Islanders.

Monday, Nov. 6

First-Gen Week Kickoff 

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. - University Center, Tejas Lounge  

Join us in celebrating the kickoff of our National First-Gen Week celebration! First-gen students, faculty, and staff can pick up their “Proud to be First-Gen” poster and sticker while continuing-gen students, staff, and faculty can pick up their “Proud to Support First-Gen” poster and sticker. Learn about the programs that exist on campus to support our first-gen students and about the definition of a first-gen student!  

*Refreshments provided   

From First Gen to Faculty: Inspiring Success Stories 

5:30 – 7:00pm - Miramar Rec Center 

Join us for an inspiring event as Faculty in Residence fellows Dr. Daniel Bartholomay and Ms. Anna Haga share their personal journeys as first-generation college students, offering valuable insights, advice, and fostering an open dialogue for fellow first-generation scholars. 

Tuesday, Nov. 7

First-Gen Showcase

3 p.m. - Bell Library - Special Collections 

Stop by the Special Collection Commons on the second floor of the library to see how our first-gen students express themselves. Vote on your favorite pieces and show your support for our students. The top three highest-voted pieces will win scholarships!   

* Refreshments provided   

First in The Family Reunion (Tailgate Style)  

3-5 p.m. - Glasscock CASA Courtyard  

Join us for the "First in The Family Reunion"! It’s a vibrant, inclusive event designed to celebrate the achievements of first-generation college students. This tailgate-style gathering is going to be filled with infectious energy, fostering a sense of community and belonging. The pulsating beats of a live DJ set the mood, infusing the atmosphere with excitement and joy. Come and enjoy the food, music, and make connections while honoring the resilience of first-generation students. 


Islanders Basketball   

Dugan Wellness Center  

Islanders Women’s Basketball vs. St. Thomas at 5 p.m. 

Islander Men’s Basketball vs. Southwestern Adventist at 7:30 p.m. 

First-gen faculty/staff and students will be recognized at half-time during the game. Students can enjoy free admission with their Sanddollar$ card. Faculty/staff tickets are $10 at the door. Guest tickets are $12.  

First-Gen Votes! 

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Glasscock room 108, Connect 2 Success Lounge 

It’s election day! Visit us in the Connect 2 Success Lounge after you vote to pick up a snack pack. While you’re here, sneak a peek at the lounge that hosts the First Islander Scholars’ Academy as well as Island Harbor and the GTF Islander Scholars Program.   

Wednesday, Nov. 8


11 a.m. to 3 p.m. - University Center, Anchor D  

Our first-gen students don’t fit into just one box. Join us as we create our badges that showcase all aspects of our identities. The first 200 students who complete their badge will also receive a free first-gen t-shirt.   

* Refreshments provided   


First-Gen Mixer 

5:30-7:30 p.m. - Glasscock room 107  

Join us in CASA to meet other first-gen students, staff, faculty, and alumni! Snacks and refreshments will be provided. First-gen merchandise such as t-shirts, posters, stickers, and badges will be provided to those who weren’t able to attend the previous events.   

Thursday, Nov. 9

First, Take Care of You 

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - University Center, Anchor A  

First-gen students face a variety of unique challenges that can interfere with their ability to be successful students. FISA is partnering with the University Counseling Center to talk about the things that cause our students stress and provide a variety of methods that students can use to de-stress (not just breathing exercises!). Join us and build out your toolbox!  

* Refreshments provided   

Friday, Nov. 10

First Step into the Unknown  

11:30 a.m. to 3p.m. - Glasscock CASA 107  

Join us for lunch and conversations with first-gen professionals and learn all about the hidden curriculum. Ask your questions about how to survive the professional world as a first-gen graduate and learn from someone who’s been there! After lunch, join us in learning about the resources on campus that can help you feel prepared as you take your own journey.  

*Refreshments Provided