First-generation students in Fairmount College are invited for Coffee, Cocoa and Conversation with Dr. Brien Bolin, associate dean of Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and faculty and staff interested in helping you succeed as a Shocker.

This come-and-go event is from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov 30 in the Dean’s Office Boardroom, 200 Lindquist Hall. Cookies and other light snacks will be available.

Stay as long as you want, or grab a cookie and run.

First-gen students are a vital component in making Wichita State University great. More than 45% of Shockers identify as the first in their families to attend a college or university. We celebrate and support these brave students every day, and particularly during First-Gen Month in November.

Watch the video to meet some of our outstanding first-gen Shockers, and click the button below to learn more about the events happening this month at Wichita State.

Wichita State is excited to host its annual university-wide F1rst-gen College Celebration elevating and honoring first-gen undergraduate, graduate, staff, faculty and administration beginning Nov. 7-25.

More than 45% of the student body at Wichita State are first-gen students. We celebrate the Shocker F1rst as they are the first in their family to attend college. Highlights will include showcasing first-gen student art through a special exhibition in the Cadman Art Gallery, passing out of F1rst-Gen Shocker swag, pre-game pep rallies and basketball games, a TRIO/GEAR UP day, a first-gen celebration breakfast, a social mingle, and the first ever fall graduate’s cord ceremony.

To elevate the celebration in November, share your events on social platforms using hashtags, #CelebrateF1rstGen!, #IAMTHEF1RST, #F1RSTGEN and #SHOCKER1ST.

For more information, email

The honor of your presence is requested at the First Gen Cord Ceremony, 19 November, 2022 starting at 10:00 AM, Marcus Welcome Center Mike Oatman Dr, Wichita, KS 67208 RSVP on ShockerSync

Congratulations to the class of 2022 first-generation students! The First-Generation Student Organization is hosting its first annual Cord Ceremony for first-generation college students graduating in December.

This ceremony will honor these students with a cord and celebrate their accomplishments of finishing as the first — but not the last — in their family to receive a college degree.

The event is at 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 19, in the Marcus Welcome Center. To attend, RSVP by 11:59 p.m. Nov. 13.