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National First-Gen Celebration Week @ Southern Miss

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First-Gen on Fire Logo

November 6 – 10, 2023
First-Gen on F.I.R.E.

Join us for a week of festivities as Southern Miss commemorates National First-Gen Celebration Day, recognized annually on November 8th to celebrate students, staff, and faculty who are the first in their families to pursue and graduate with a four-year degree.

All first-gen students are welcome!

Sponsored by TRIO-Student Support Services, The Center for Student Success, The McNair Scholars Program, and The Center for Faculty Development.


Igniting the Fire

Monday, November 6, 2023 | Noon-1:30  p.m.
Thad Cochran Center Atrium (outside the Fresh)

IGNITING the F.I.R.E. Tabling 

Kick off First-Gen on Fire Week by checking out our table outside the Fresh Food Company to learn more about the offices and resources available to you and connect with fellow first-gen student leaders!

Paint the Little Rock

Monday, November 6, 2023 | 2:30–4 p.m.
The Little Rock, Ogletree Alumni House

The Future of First-Gen is Golden! Paint the Little Rock!

Calling all First-Gens to stop by the Ogletree Alumni House to participate in the cherished Southern Miss tradition of painting Little Rock!

Family Feud

Monday, November 6, 2023 | 6 p.m.
Thad Cochran Center 216

First-Gen Family Feud Game Night

Meet and compete with your First-Gen student family and test your wits by playing First-Gen Family Feud! Refreshments and other games will be available!  

Set Your Fears on Fire

Tuesday, November 7, 2023 | Noon
Union Room B

Set Your Fears on Fire 

Our fears, regrets, and disappointments are often the only thing holding us back from being our greatest selves, and it’s time to set them ON FIRE! Join us for inspiration to begin the incineration of your fears with a live burning activity!

Commemorative Photos

Wednesday, November 8, 2023 | Noon
Hattiesburg & Gulf Park Campuses

National First-Gen Day Commemorative Photos 

Faculty, staff and students at Southern Miss who identify as first-gen are invited to wear your first-gen t-shirt and meet up for a commemorative photo to celebrate National First-Gen Day! In Hattiesburg, join us on the steps of the South End Zone of M.M. Robert Stadium, and Coastal Operations will gather at the Lofty Returns statue on the north side of Hardy Hall on the Gulf Park campus. Photos at both locations will be at 12:30 p.m.

Pep Rally

Wednesday, November 8, 2023 | 4–5:30 p.m.
Union Plaza

First-Gen on F.I.R.E Pep Rally

We are putting the “Celebration” in National First-Generation Celebration Day! Join us for a Pep Rally to celebrate what it means to truly be First Gen on F.I.R.E. with special guests, performances, refreshments, & prizes! 

Being Present for Your Futire

Thursday, November 9, 2023 | Noon
Union Room B

"Being Present for Your Future" Workshop 

Join TRIO-SSS for a workshop with Student Counseling Services to put out the flames of anxiety! Come to learn how to better manage and reduce anxiety in the present as you continue to make progress toward your future!

Lighting the Way

Friday, November 10, 2023 | Noon–2 p.m.
Cook Library, 209A

Lighting the Way Community Service Project

“Give light and people will find the way.”
– Ella Baker

Join fellow First-Gen Students in “lighting the way for others” during a community service project to aid the Downtown Hattiesburg Association’s Annual Candlelit Christmas event!


Fearless, Intelligent, Resillient, Excellent

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