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African American Graduation Celebration

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Please check back again in March 2017!


Dear African American Graduate,

Congratulations on your graduation from California State University, Long Beach!  Your time spent at this university will prove to be one of the most significant experiences of your life.

The 30th Annual African American Graduation Celebration will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 2:00 PM.  There will be a reception with light hors d'oeuvres to follow. 

Graduates are required to wear a cap and gown, which are available for rent at the University Bookstore. All graduates are to arrive for the rehearsal at the CSULB Pyramid on May 20, 2017 no later than 10:00 AMWe ask that the graduates arrive for the rehearsal dressed for the celebration.  You will not have time to leave after the rehearsal.

The registration fee of $40.00 is due by Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by 5:00 pm in order to participate in the Celebration. There is a $2.00 admission charge for the Celebration Guest Tickets. Payments can be made at the Associated Students Business Office (USU-229).  Please note:  Only cash and money orders are accepted for payment.

All Graduate and Undergraduate Speakers, Poets, and African Dancers who want to speak/perform at the graduation must e-mail to schedule their auditions. Please email the Graduation Committee at with any questions.

The registration fee of $40 will include:

  • Two Complimentary Guest Tickets
  • Ten Graduation Announcements with Envelopes
  • Kente Cloth Sash
  • Certificate of Participation
  • T-shirt

    E-mail to audition

    April 26th

    Graduation Registration Deadline - REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT DUE

    May 20th Graduation Rehearsal and Check In at 10am at the Pyramid


We look forward to your participation in this memorable and wonderful ceremony. If you have any questions please contact us by email:

Thank you.


African American Graduation Celebration Committee

California State University, Long Beach