First-Gen at Iowa Awards &Recognition Ceremony

At the University of Iowa, a first-generation student is a student who does not have a parent or legal guardian who completed a four-year degree, and almost 25% of UI undergraduates identify as first-generation. The annual awards ceremony is an exciting opportunity to celebrate our first-generation community and their many accomplishments. The ceremony, which coincides with the University of Iowa's participation in the National First-Generation College Celebration, also features the presentation of the 1stGen@Iowa Awards. These awards recognize first-generation student achievements as well as outstanding advocacy and support efforts of faculty and staff.  

2021 Ceremony Information

Thursday, November 11, 2021
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: IMU 2nd Floor Ballroom

Reception from 3:00 - 3:30, followed by the ceremony

Keynote Speaker:
Dana Thomann, Lecturer
Department of Rhetoric
University of Iowa

Please RSVP by Wednesday, October 27, 2021


An ASL interpreter will be provided for this event. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in any of these events, please contact the host department or Angie Lamb in advance at or (319) 335-2062.


2020 Ceremony

2019 Ceremony

2019 Ceremony Photos