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First-Generation Initiatives honors all trailblazer students during their journey here at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and celebrate these scholars with a variety of special events throughout the academic year. 

Fall Events

First-Gen Vols: Welcome to Rocky Top | Wednesday, August, 23 | 12:00-2:00pm | Claxton Courtyard | All first-gen Vols are invited to jumpstart the semester with up free school supplies, lunch, and networking opportunities with peers and academic coaches.  

First-Generation Awards Info Session | Wednesday, Sept. 20 | 4-5pm | I-House Great Room 100 | All First-Generation scholars are eligible to earn the Pioneer Medallion and Emerging Leader Scholarship through active involvement on campus. Attend an information session to learn more!

RSVP here!

First-Gen Day T-Shirt Pick-Up

First-Gen faculty and staff are invited to pick up a tee and enjoy free snacks and coffee during one of the four events listed below.

If you haven’t already, sign-up for the First-Gen faculty and staff directory to learn more about opportunities on Rocky Top and share resources with students.

  • Monday, October 23 from 9-10 am at Ferris Quad
  • Tuesday, October 24 from 1-2 pm at Henson Hall
  • Wednesday, October 25 from 9-10 am at Morgan Hall
  • Thursday, October 26 from 2-4 pm at Hodges Library 

Image of Smoky painting the Rock with text saying: First-Gen Paint the Rock, Wednesday, November 8 from 12-2 p.m.

First-Gen Day: Paint the Rock | Wednesday, November 8 | 12-2 p.m. | The Rock | Celebrate what it means to be a first-generation college student and, more specifically, a First-Gen Vol! Come out to paint The Rock, get some free food, a free t-shirt and meet other First-Gen students.  

Spring Events