Cultural Graduation Celebrations Honor Diversity Among 2014 Grads

Members of the University community and general public are invited to take part in or support the Class of 2014 graduates by attending any or all of the four cultural graduation celebrations planned the day before Commencement on Saturday, May 10.

For the first time, a group reception for all of the ceremonies will be held on Friday, May 9 at 8 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. This event includes all the graduates from the four ceremonies, family and friends, and faculty and staff who wish to attend.

The group reception will highlight various performance groups that have representation from all the different ethnicities at SSU. Food created by Chef Eric Lee will feature the cultural backgrounds of the students and families that attend the graduation.

The HUB and the coordinators created this new approach for interested guests to have the chance to attend an event without having to rush between all the ceremonies.

Questions may be directed to Kelly Hodgins, Programming Assistant - The HUB.

The four cultural celebrations include:


The Asian Pacific Islander Graduation Celebration complements the main Commencement in that it specifically acknowledges and celebrates Pacific Islander/Asian American graduates and their families. Friday, May 9 at 6 p.m., The Cooperage


The Black Graduation Celebration is an opportunity for the University to acknowledge the achievements of African-American students, and for the students to thank their families, friends, faculty and mentors. Friday, May 9 at 5:30 p.m., Ives Hall


The Rainbow Graduation Celebration is a time for the queer, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit, intersex, questioning, same-gender-loving people and their friends, family, and allies to come together to celebrate the accomplishments of the last year and to recognize those moving on to the next chapter in their lives. Thursday, May 8, 5 p.m., Student Center, Ballroom D


The Raza Graduation Celebration honors students of Native American, Latino or Chicano heritage, many of whom are first-generation college grads. This special celebration allows them to personally thank those who have gone out of their way to help them achieve their goal of a college degree. Friday, May 9, 2014 at 5:30 p.m, Student Center, Ballroom

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