What is a First Generation College Student?

What is a First Generation college graduate?

A first generation college graduate is a person who is the first generation in their family to graduate from college.

Be a part of the Initiative!

The First Generation Initiative was inspired by the First Generation Project at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and seeks to promote the high population of first generation faculty and staff at CSU Bakersfield.

Join the initiative and recieve some items to promote your accomplishment!


A template of our First Generation poster will be emails to you that will allow you to print your won 8.5" x 11" poster and have displayed on your desk.

However, if you wish to have a larger 11"x17" poster, submit a webprint order to the CSUB printshop. The CSUB Printshop already has the template, so all you need to do is send them your information in a webprint order.

Include the following details in the special instructions section of webprint order:

  • Your Name.
  • a high quality picture of yourself.
  • All college/universities you recieved a degree from and what degree.
  • You current title.
  • A short personal statement of what motivated or what it meant to obtain an education.

Use this link to access the webprint system: https://www.csub.edu/bas/fiscal/reprographics/ 

Use these step-by-step instruction to help guide you in submitting your request:


You will also recieve a sticker to display at your workstation, to have a visual representation that you are a First Generation.


Email Signature

A graphic will be provided to be used in your email signature, that will include our First Geenration slogan, "First Generation... Inspiring Excellence" which coincides with our new university motto, "Inspiring Excellence. Transforming Lives."