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WCSU celebrates First-Generation college students with fifth annual ‘First-Generation College Celebration’

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A student participates in a previous First-Generation celebration.DANBURY, Connecticut — Western Connecticut State University will host the fifth annual First-Generation College Celebration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2023, at the Higgins Hall Patio on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. During the event, WCSU will join in celebration with other colleges across the nation that will be engaging in a number of different activities, highlighting First-Generation college students on campus.

Students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni will have the opportunity to share their personal stories as First-Generation college students and the impact that experience has had on their lives.

The concept of a “First-Generation” student was introduced into federal policy by the passage of Higher Education Amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965. As a result of these amendments, colleges and universities have the opportunity to celebrate those who have made huge strides in this country to be the first in their family to attend college.

Pre-Collegiate & Access Programs at WCSU include Danbury Public Schools Collaborative, Upward Bound, ConnCAP, Dual-Enrollment Pipelines, Excel, EA²P (Educational Achievement and Access Program, and PASS (Promoting Academically Successful Students). The Collaborative/Upward Bound Program is a year-round, college preparatory program serving approximately 100 Danbury High School students from grades 9 through 12. The Excel Program is a middle school (Broadview, Rogers Park and Westside Academy) feeder program for the Danbury Public Schools Collaborative/Upward Bound Program, currently serving 62 students in grades 7 and 8, while the WCSU EA²P Bridge and PASS programs are year-round, academic enhancement programs serving underrepresented college students.

This event will offer “First-Generation College Celebration” branded items for all First-Generation attendees. The celebration is free and the public is invited. Light snacks and beverages will be offered.

For more information, contact Rob Pote at poter@wcsu.edu or WCSU Communications and Marketing at pr@wcsu.edu.


Western Connecticut State University changes lives by providing all students with a high-quality education that fosters their growth as individuals, scholars, professionals, and leaders in a global society. Our vision: To be widely recognized as a premier public university with outstanding teachers and scholars who prepare students to contribute to the world in a meaningful way.