In November 2017, the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) partnered with the Center for First-Generation Student Success, which is an initiative of NASPA and the Suder Foundation, to launch the inaugural First-Generation College Celebration. The now annual event, which is held each year on November 8 to commemorate the anniversary of the Higher Education Act of 1965, encourages colleges and universities across the country to celebrate the successes of the institution's first-generation faculty, staff, and students.

While the official celebration day is November 8, the University of Iowa chose to participate in the 2018 First-Generation College Celebration during the entire week of November 5-9. 

2018 National First-Generation College Celebration at the University of Iowa

See President Harreld’s invitation to participate in the National First-Generation College Celebration (Iowa Now)
Read more about UI Plans to Commemorate First-Generation Student Success (Daily Iowan)