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First 2 Geaux

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette applauds and honors its first-generation students. Join us in a week-long celebration of being #First2Geaux.

Please note that all of the events listed below are subject to change. Be sure to check this page regularly for schedule updates and other important announcements.
*Denotes event with required registration/tickets.

Monday, November 7

Tri-Alpha Induction and Cording Ceremony

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM | Alumni Center (600 East St. Mary Blvd.)

Tuesday, November 8

National First Gen Day/Kick-off First 2 Geaux Celebration 

9:00 AM – 11:00 Am | Corner of Rex St. and St Mary Blvd. and Union Porch

“Who is First Gen?” We'll be passing out First2Geaux buttons, treats, handouts, talking with students and encouraging FG students to sign up and add their names to a database for a First2Geaux campus resources tour.

Presenting A Professional You (RESLIFE)

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM | New Career Closet location St Mary Blvd.

First 2 Geaux students, faculty and staff can shop the Career Closet, get style tips and take professional headshots.  Learn how to present yourself in a professional manner in every situation.


Wednesday, November 9

Mental Healthier You (NAMI)

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Louisiane Room #219, Student Union

The Tree of Life Team will discuss the mental health struggles of college students and provide helpful skills and therapeutic techniques to manage stress, anxiety, and depression. Come by to learn simple techniques and mindfulness skills to help alleviate stress and get a chance to win door prizes!

Thursday, November 10

Graduate School and You

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Moody Hall Room 103A

Ragin’ Cajuns Football vs. Georgia Southern*

6:30 PM | Cajun Field

*Tickets Required

Fight on Cajuns, fight on to victory! You don’t want to miss the Ragin’ Cajuns as they take on Georgia Southern. For additional details about game day at Cajun Field, visit the 2022 Game Day Central website - this website will be updated with information pertaining to each upcoming game, so we encourage you to check back the week of Family Weekend for the most up-to-date information. Be sure to read about the clear bag policy as well.

Students get in free with their Cajun Card

Friday, November 11

Financial Strategies for You (SGA)

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Evangeline Room (Art Gallery), 1st floor of Student Union

Financial successful tips and strategies for First 2 Geaux students, faculty and staff presented by Dr. Brian Bolton. 

First-generation students are defined as students whose parents either did not pursue or did not complete a bachelor's degree (4-year) program. 

As a part of the First2Geaux campaign, we are encouraging all students, faculty and staff to complete a survey regarding First Generation status. 

Faculty and Staff Survey

Student Survey

First-generation stories

Meet some members of our first-generation family at UL Lafayette.

Claire Babineaux-FontenotClaire Babineaux Fontenot: First-gen grad and CEO of Feeding America

Claire Babineaux-Fontenot was the first in her family to graduate from college. She earned her degree in criminal justice, then went to law school. This year, she was named one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People.

More about Claire →

Dylan HebertDylan Hebert: First-gen student and future school counselor

Dylan Hebert didn't see himself attending college, but his high school teachers encouraged him to try — and he was surprised to find that he loved UL Lafayette. Now, he's working to become that mentor for other first-generation students.

More about Dylan →

First-generation college student Megan BreauxMegan Breaux: First-gen graduate student and education leader

When Megan Breaux started teaching, she discovered the impact she could have as an educator. She's now she's using data to improve college access for high school students through the GEAR UP program.

More about Megan →

Kenette Toussaint at graduationKenette Toussaint: First-gen student who returned to finish her degree

Severe trauma in Kenette Toussaint's life kept her from completing her college degree when she started after high school. Thanks to the support of her family and UL Lafayette's online learning options, she has her bachelor's degree.

More about Kenette →