ASU Celebrates National First-Generation Day

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By Hazel Scott/ASU

Alabama State University will once again join other institutions of higher education from around the nation to celebrate the successes of First-Generation students and professionals on Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov 8-9.

The dates mark the 55th anniversary of the signing of the 1965 Higher Education Act (HEA), which has helped millions of first-generation, low-income/under-resourced students persist to degree completion. 

“It’s important that we celebrate all students but in particular first-gen students because they come with so many other challenges that our traditional students may not experience,” said Dr. Acquanetta M. Pinkard, director of ASU’s TRIO programs. “These students are the first in their families to pursue a four-year undergraduate degree.  So, celebrating our students’ accomplishments is so essential.” 

TRIO, which is housed in University College, received a grant from the Center for First-Generation Student Success and the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) to support the institution’s celebration. 

“Alabama State University has been given the designation as a first-gen forward institution. So, these celebrations are part of our objectives that we must meet to maintain our designation,” she added.


Tuesday, November 8
John Garrick Hardy Student Center Amphitheater
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Rep Your Vote Mixer

Wednesday, November 9
John Garrick Hardy Student Center Ballroom
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
First-Gen Graduate Luncheon

For additional information, please contact Dr. Acquanetta Pinkard at or Dr. Cynthia Steele at